CBRN has always been the insurance policy: it doesn’t happen every day, but you keep paying in as you know you’ll need it at some point. Throughout the Cold War that ethos held firm in the military, with many an exciting exercise spoiled by the ‘buckets of instant sunshine’ and having to get suited up… but still it happened. Post Tokyo Sarin attack the civilian forces also started paying into the insurance policy and after the Amerithrax attacks they even started paying the extra premiums. How long ago that seems now! The past ten years have seen a decline in the UK’s CBRN capability, slowly at first but then faster and faster as ‘austerity’ bit harder and harder.
Some examples of this
1. Scene Assessment. A decade ago a Scene Assessment System (SAS)/vehicle was touted by the Home Office to allow law enforcement officials a far greater detection, identification and monitoring (DIM) capability that they had in 2008 or in 2018. As the letter below shows, this was binned just before Christmas in 2009, after a competitive process that cost the various consortiums millions of pounds, ostensibly due to a shortage of threat. This lack of a mobile scene assessment system meant that the Army needed to bring their aging Fuchs into Salisbury, something that has not been practised/exercised. While the SAS might not have possessed the necessary Novichok spectra, they would have had a much greater capability to respond and reassure the public. Law enforcement have been forced to carry DIM risk due to a strategic decision that we were not under threat, despite numerous near misses over the years.
2. Mass decontamination units. The government announced that they were cutting the amount of decontamination units that the fire service possessed. While the Salisbury incident was not a mass decon incident it could well have been, and the impact of a shortage of these could have been acute. These MDU/IRUs were replaced by the Immediate Operational Response (IOR) policy, something quite untested against agents like Novichoks. When Public Health England is nominating wet wipes and laundry detergent as adequate decon surely a bit of soap and water might have helped provide peace of mind. Quite how the Immediate Operational Response would have fared against another scenario is not known, but it failed in the case of the Skripals. Also despite having a Government Decontamination Service this has so far not been used in Salisbury. Instead Public Health England (PHE) and the Army has needed to come in to deal with pulling samples and trying to ascertain contamination levels. The military has also been press ganged into evidence collection and been asked to package and remove large pieces of evidence. This again is something that has not been practised by the military and civilian forces and anyone with CBRN experience that has watched the evidence being removed videos must feel that this was not ideal. A shortage of civilian assets and joint military-civilian training forced them to ‘Keep Calm and Muddle On.’
3. Regionalisation. Many law enforcement officials only get a few days of CBRN training every year, these are largely refresher courses to help keep them safe. Specialist assets that used to be common in the UK have now been regionalised, if they exist at all. Due to a shortage of adequately trained personnel, and despite assets in closer locations, like Eastleigh, assets had to come down from London, and national assets were immediately deployed with no reserve in case there was a second attack. The regions have been pared down to near non-existence thanks to years of cuts, Metropolitan and national assets have been thrown in to fill this void. This is not a sensible policy and shows how ‘one deep’ the capability is.
4. Training. As mentioned previously there have not been a joint exercises between the military and civilian forces to properly train the force. Exercises have either not tested the system, or have simply had military liaison officers sit in on them. The MoD and Home Office have never engaged, even when the MoD has assets like the Joint CBRN Regiment. When more training should have happened due to asset draw down (or capability holidays in the military) the opposite happened, bureaucratic heads entered the sand and there was no practical exploration of ‘What do we do now?’
5. Protective equipment. It is clearly apparent from the briefest scrutiny of footage that the civilian forces have inferior respiratory protection to the military assets - FM12s rather than GSRs. This isn’t to mention the consistent personal protective equipment debacles that the Home Office has barrelled into. The Home Office has been unsure what protective level they want, what style of suit, thermal burden, how many, how much training etc etc over the past ten years and has delivered failure after failure. Risk has been carried, and continues to be carried and building a new center at Porton is going to have no impact on this.
6. Mortuary. As unpleasant as it might be to face, the chances of the Skripals surviving is slim - though we wish them well. The UK mortuary CBRN capability is deader than any patient they will handle and this is not scheduled to change. Quite what individuals will be able to handle the post mortem and where they will do it is a mystery. Mortuary staff have always been the unluckiest Cinderella, never getting to go to the ball… but the lesson behind decades of neglect in this sector will soon become apparent as officials decide that they need to know exactly what happened to the Skripals. Sergei and Yulia are ‘Patient Zero’ for Novichok exposure, understanding the impact of these agents is vital, trying to find a PM suite and staff that are trained to handle them will be a near impossibility, the odds are good that it will default to a military capability.
7. Comms. It has yet to be announced, but sure as eggs are eggs there will be communication difficulties between PHE, police and military assets. How can I be so sure? They haven’t trained together, without all any form of interoperability the different forces will either be forced to use their own cell phones or borrow radios. As an added problem, I very much doubt the military will have wanted to talk about Novichoks on an unsecure line. Comms are always an issue at a real event, and this will be no different.
There are many other negative elements that can be added to this list. The most positive one is the continuing example of the sacrifice that first responders and the military are prepared to offer, no matter how badly they are equipped, trained and otherwise prepared. They deserve better, and the government has to look past ‘flagship’ projects like Porton Down to do this. Ghouta (et al.) in 2013, Kim Jong Nam in 2017, Sergei Skripal in 2018, the time to carry risk has gone, it’s time to start paying the CBRN insurance policy Ms May.
Environics is a Finnish company with 30 years of experience from improving CBRN safety around the world with its in-house technologies and system solutions. Different safeguarding organizations in 50 countries, from civil defence and homeland security to the military, have already chosen us as their partner in CBRN threat detection.
Avon Protection has been selected as the supplier to the UK MOD for their Liquid Decontamination Containment Systems, following an MOD competitive tender for the capture, transfer and containment of liquid waste units.
The liquid capture system has been specifically designed and developed by Avon Engineered Fabrications (AEF) to meet the operational and environmental needs of the UK MOD to decontaminate their in-service vehicle fleet. AEF is one of Avon Protection’s specialist engineering business units and recognised as a world-class manufacturer and supplier of industrial coated fabrics for a wide variety of uses including bulk liquid storage, distribution systems and hovercraft skirts.
“We are delighted to be supplying this new bespoke decontamination liquid capture system solution for the UK Ministry Of Defence, which highlights how Avon’s innovation and engineering focus are leading the way for future Avon Products”, says Oliver Morton , EMEA & Asia Pacific Military Business Director.
I think it is fair to say that there was a ripple of surprise when Prime Minister May announced that the organophosphate used in the Salisbury murder attempt was a Novichok. Until yesterday the classification on these agents was such that even mentioning them in company got a raised ‘should you be talking about this?’ eyebrow. Now that shibboleth is broken and Novichoks can be discussed over the breakfast table.
It would be hard to underestimate the triple checking that would have gone on inside DSTL/PHE before that identification was pushed up the chain. This is a decision that has ramifications everywhere from the OPCW to NATO. We seem to be approaching yet another chemical ‘red line’ being crossed and it is now down to the British government to see whether they are prepared to do anything about it.
Dr. Vil Mizayanov (see CBRNe World, Summer 2009 and August 2012), former chief of the Department of Technical Counter Intelligence of GoSNIIOKHT, stated that he was surprised that it has been used this way. “I was surprised. I never supposed a Novichok would be used in this terrorist way. When I tried to publish my book I was told, ‘No, no traditional terrorist would use it,’ but the government of Russia is a terrorist government and has used it like this.”
While it is always difficult to be emphatic on any identification from thousands of miles away he was happy that the scientists at Porton Down had a correct analysis despite some of the eye witness reports not being entirely in accordance with organophosphate symptoms. “A Novichok is like other nerve agents, but with more brutal properties. It is almost incurable and 10 times more potent than VX or VR/Substance 33. General symptoms would be common with VX [and as for the other symptoms]… I trust the mass spectrometer. Every substance has its individual mass spec and if it matches the spectra then they will know it. The English chemists are very strong, there is no doubt.”
Dr Mirzayanov was equally emphatic that it could only come from Russian labs. “Nobody in this country [US] has Novichoks, it is only Russia, so there is no doubt it is Russian business. Russia has circumvented the CWC and tried to ensure that no-one knows the formula and the mass spec, they used this agent to poison sure in the belief that no-one could measure it.”
As to whether it is the A230 series that he was involved in, Dr Mirzayanov is less sure since he is convinced in the past 25 years (since he left) that there will have been further research. “Oh, it is absolutely clear that they continued, why not? [Their reading of the] CWC does not prohibit them from continuing research work.”
Nuclear radiation detection specialist Arktis Radiation Detectors has expanded its worldwide network by opening a new office in the UK at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.
The office will build upon existing locations in Europe and the US and reflects the growing market for Arktis’ next generation, plug and play detection systems that detect and identify radioactive and nuclear materials. The company has been regularly funded by the most renowned advanced research and development agencies worldwide, such as the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Arktis Vice President of Sales, Daniel Grosch, explained that the new office would be used to manage business opportunities in the UK and overseas in regions such as the Middle East.
“There are a growing number of opportunities in areas such as border control and military applications and this expanded presence will give us the opportunity to build upon our existing customer base. We anticipate that the UK office will grow as the business accelerates,” he added.
Arktis will make increasing base of the UK supply chain, providing new opportunities for UK firms to build upon their nuclear detection business. In addition, Arktis has joined the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industry body (ADS), where it plans to contribute to the organisation’s CBRN Special Interest Group, and is in discussions to extend and form new links with UK academia.
“Amid concerns over use of “dirty bombs” and exposure devices, enhanced security measures are needed at borders and ports. We are fully committed to building our business in the UK, using the expertise of the supply chain,” said Grosch.
There has been growing interest in Arktis’ innovative, open system architecture technology, which leverages the use of natural helium in its detection systems, as opposed to the scarce and expensive He-3 isotope or other.
Its systems are particularly suited to airports, maritime ports and areas of high population density and can be used in static and mobile mode to detect nuclear materials. Arktis’ systems already have applications in the seaport and airport environment and are under trial to fill a potential requirement at major transport hubs throughout the US.
Smiths Detection awarded multi-million contract by Airports Authority of India to boost aviation security
Global tender valued over USD50 million to deploy security technology solutions at 11 sites
Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for aviation, ports and borders, urban security and military markets, today announced that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has placed an order for multiple CTX 9800 DSiTM systems at a combined value of over USD50 million.
Through a global competitive tender process conducted by AAI, Smiths Detection won the bid to install and integrate high-speed explosives detection systems (EDS) for hold-baggage screening at 11 sites across nine airports in India, including Chennai International Airport and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata.
“The Indian market is forecast to be the third-largest aviation market in the world by 2026*, so security is a mission-critical factor in enabling India’s airports to be future-ready. Smiths Detection is honoured to partner with AAI – supporting airports to stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape with a technological solution that is fully compliant with regulatory requirements,” said Jerome de Chassey, General Manager of Smiths Detection in India.
AAI manages a total of 125 airports in India and is responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure both on the ground and in the air. The organisation is also responsible for building new terminals for the many new small airports under development by the Government of India. Working in partnership with Smiths Detection, AAI will implement ECAC Standard 3 screening of hold baggage at Level 1 for inline systems across the country. This complies with regulations set by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), the regulatory authority for civil aviation security in India.
Powered by leading-edge computed tomography (CT) technology, CTX 9800 can be configured to deliver throughput of up to 1,800 bags per hour and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of any legacy or new baggage-handling system. Approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference as meeting Standard 3 requirements, CTX 9800 is also certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Smiths Detection has installed over 4000 hold baggage solution units worldwide and are located in more than 70 percent of the world’s 100 largest airports.
Industry safety leaders join forces to provide comprehensive training in safety, security, environmental management, and emergency preparedness and response
Dräger announced that the All Hazards Training Center at The University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, known to industry as Findlay All Hazards, has chosen Dräger to provide safety equipment and training expertise to support Findlay’s professional and academic programs.
“As a nationwide leader in safety training, Findlay All Hazards is perfectly aligned with Dräger’s mission to advance safety in the workplace,” said Lothar Thielen, President and Regional CEO, Dräger North America. “Our expertise in this field includes hazmat response to spills, personal protective equipment (PPE), decontamination (Decon) practices, and confined space operations.”
Dräger will provide a wide range of industrial safety and first-responder equipment for Findlay‘s hands-on instructional programs. Dräger will also provide assistance with training videos and safety materials, and will keep Findlay All Hazards abreast of emerging safety technologies.
Dräger supports the energy, chemical, fire service and mining industries worldwide, as well as U.S. military and government applications for domestic preparedness with a comprehensive range of safety products including air supply systems, gas monitoring technology, gas-tight suits, and other personal protective equipment.
Findlay All Hazards and the Environmental Safety and Occupational Health degree programs (ESOH) function cooperatively as separate entities within The University of Findlay. Serving a wide range of North American industries, Findlay has provided on-site, customized training in safety and security since 1986. During that time, Findlay has trained over a quarter-million people in OSHA Safety Standards, Emergency Response and Management, hazardous material transportation, environmental regulations, Maritime Security, and more.
“We trained about 11,000 professionals last year, both at their workplaces and in our workshops here in Findlay,” said Randy Van Dyne, Executive Director at Findlay All Hazards. “All of them want to use the latest equipment when they learn. We’re excited to work with Dräger to help us meet that need.”
UF’s ESOH program prepares undergraduate and graduate students for careers in corporate and public-sector safety, emergency and environmental management. UF ESOH shares many facilities with Findlay All Hazards, such as a five-acre multi-station training site. “Experiential learning is a key component of the ESOH program,” said Van Dyne. “Using Dräger’s full line of safety equipment and monitoring devices will provide hands-on learning opportunities that realistically represent what the students will deal with when they enter the workforce.“
For more information about Dräger safety solutions, go to www.draeger.com/fire.
Opioid use in the United States is increasing dramatically. The effects of increased encounters with opioids on law enforcement and first responders can be deadly. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, “Since fentanyl can be ingested orally, inhaled through the nose or mouth, or absorbed through the skin or eyes, any substance suspected to contain fentanyl should be treated with extreme caution as exposure to a small amount can lead to significant health-related complications, respiratory depression, or death.”
DQE developed the Sentry Shield line of personal protective kits to protect police officers and first responders from white powdery substances that could contain fentanyl, carfentanil, or other powerful opioid-based substances. The Sentry Shield kits are configured based on the recommendations of the National Institutes of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
These personal protection kits range in coverage based on the severity of exposure levels responders may encounter. In all situations, employers must identify hazards to which their workers might be exposed and provide appropriate PPE to protect them.
DQE Sentry Shield™ Powdered Substance Protection Kits:
• Sentry Shield™ QP – This Quick Protection kit contains protective oversleeves, a NIOSH-approved N95 flat-fold respirator, safety glasses, nitrile gloves with an extended cuff, a contaminated clothing bag, and warning labels. For a minimal exposure response where fentanyl may be present, but no opioid materials are visible. Use examples include pre-hospital care, law enforcement routine duties, inmate searches, or customs and border inspections.
• Sentry Shield™ SP – This Standard Protection kit contains a barrier protective garment, NIOSH-approved P100 valve respirator, safety glasses, nitrile gloves with an extended cuff, a contaminated clothing bag, and warning labels. For a moderate exposure response where small amounts of suspected fentanyl materials are visible. Use examples include pre-hospital care, law enforcement routine duties, or investigations and evidence collection.
• Sentry Shield™ EP – This Extra Protection kit contains a barrier protective coverall, boot covers, NIOSH-approved P100 valve respirator, safety goggles, 2 pairs of nitrile gloves, a contaminated clothing bag, and warning labels. For an elevated moderate exposure response where suspected liquid or powdered fentanyl materials may be present. Use examples include investigations and evidence collection, and special operation and decontamination.
Due to the dangerous risk of exposure to hazardous opioid substances, it is critical to always be looking for fentanyl indicators. Illicit fentanyl, fentanyl-related substances, and other synthetic opioids can resemble powdered drugs such as heroin or cocaine and have been identified in pills, capsules, liquid, and on blotter paper. Keep Sentry Shield PPE kits on hand when conducting motor vehicle stops, responding to calls for service, and arriving at a scene where there is a suspected overdose incident.
More information on Sentry Shield Powdered Substance Defense Kits is available at www.dqeready.com/SentryShield.
The Center for Domestic Preparedness’ Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRATF) Biological program has been accredited by the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) International.
ABSA inspectors visited the COBRATF, a biosafety level 2 facility, in 2017, and evaluated the COBRATF’s Biological Program management system, safety program, operating procedures, facilities, laboratory, and work practices.
The inspection was accomplished as part of ABSA International’s voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program, and at the request by the Center for Domestic Preparedness.
“ABSA International developed accreditation standards beginning in 2008 to evaluate laboratories’ abilities to manage biological risks,” said Chris Thompson, Laboratory Accreditation Inspector and a past president of ABSA. “This evolved from ABSA International’s interest in oversight of high containment laboratories, and was encouraged by government agencies as a result of the 2008 Trans-Federal Task Force on Biosafety and Biosecurity.”
ABSA International’s accreditation program provides agencies with recognition of excellence and compliance with high standards, while providing facilities guidance in generating processes and policies to create a safer environment for their organization, employees, students, and the community.
“It is appropriate to review these laboratories as well as high containment facilities. We hope that accreditation will increase employee satisfaction, attract new talent, demonstrate management commitment to safety and reassure the public that systems are in place to control the hazards,” said Marian Downing, Laboratory Accreditation Inspector and also a past president of ABSA International.
The accreditation lasts for a three-year period, and the CDP is the only level 2 facility to receive ABSA accreditation.
“We were extremely impressed by the excellence shown in all aspects of managing and operating the FEMA COBRATF and its supporting laboratory. We are so grateful for the dedication of the management and employees at the facility, for their dedication to training our nation’s first responders, and for their passion for excellence,” said Thompson. “We hope that ABSA International can partner with FEMA to improve training opportunities for all of our first responders to biological and chemical threats.”
The Tauri Group has been awarded two task orders under the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) Omnibus Program Engineering and Technical Support (OPETS) Medical Domain.
This contract and task orders provide support services to the Department of Defense’s JPEO-CBD for production and fielding of chemical and biological defense materials. The task order A award will provide Bioengineers and Scientists to support the JPEO-CBD Joint Project Manager (JPM) Medical Countermeasures Systems, JPM Protection, and JPM Guardian.
The second task order is new work for The Tauri Group and provides Non-Clinical Advisors, Process Advisors, and Regulatory Affairs Managers. These contract awards further Tauri’s support and role in providing solutions to the Warfighter.
John David, Director of The Tauri Group’s Asymmetric Threat Mitigation Division, said of the award, ‘We are honored to be the principal provider of medical specialists to JPEO, and ultimately supporting medical initiatives that impact Warfighter safety and mission success.”
Demron is Noted as World’s Only Personal Protection Gear that Guards Against Nuclear, Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Viral, and Heat Stress Threats
Radiation Shield Technologies, noted as the only manufacturer offering personal protection gear that is proven to provide protection against ionizing radiation, chemical and biological threats as well as heat stress, is reporting an increase in direct sales to civilians in the U.S. and worldwide, particularly in South Korea, of the Demron personal-protection gear traditionally used by first responders and other safety professionals.
Demron, which has many U.S. and international patents, consists of an advanced radiopaque nanopolymeric compound fused between layers of fabric. The Demron product line, which includes full-body suits, vests and blankets, has been deployed worldwide by every branch of the U.S. military, U.S. CST teams, FDNY, IAEC, NASA, and many international first responder and military teams in South Korea, China, Iraq, Kuwait, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Singapore. Scientists have selected Demron for thermo-mechanical suits for future space travel.
“The new increase in direct purchases of Demron gear from civilians throughout the U.S. and such countries as South Korea reflects the public’s growing concerns due to the uncertainties surrounding our current global affairs,” said Ronald DeMeo, MD, the surgeon who is CEO of RST and invented Demron.
“Based on an increased demand, recent months have seen a spike in a variety of manufacturers marketing protective gear to consumers online, and safety experts are advising the public to conduct thorough research before making purchases,” said Janine McCartney, Ph.D., a senior safety engineer/expert with HHC Services, a corporate safety engineering consultancy.
“Consumers may find selecting an effective radiation suit capable of protecting them against exposure to a mixture of alpha, beta and gamma radiation to be a daunting task, as advertisements and claims made by some vendors about body protection appear confusing,” said Dr. McCartney, who recently purchased Demron for safety engineering work after conducting extensive market research. “Selection of the wrong type of radiation suit could lead to under-protection and overexposure. The only standard for radiation protection clothing is ISO 8194. When evaluating radiation suits for purchase such as Demron, checking the suits’ certifications is a good place to start.”
Dr. McCartney said Demron is the only suit that meets her criteria: “We wanted to purchase a radiation suit that had been tested in the field, used by nuclear workers and had positive worker protective results when worn by workers in disasters such as the Fukushima cleanups and other chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear emergencies. Based on our company criteria, we selected Demron.”
In addition to its proven performance and higher levels of protection, Demron also is differentiated by its ability to keep users cool. Other suits quickly trap heat cause users to become increasingly weak until they are incapacitated. Because the suits are designed to keep harmful agents from entering, they also keep heat from exiting. However, the self-cooling Demron fabric has unique thermally conductive properties that enable heat to escape through thermal radiation and also enable the suits to be cooled externally without compromising the suits.
Demron also is differentiated for its softness, flexibility, ruggedness, durability, and ability to withstand tearing, extensive use, decontamination procedures and corrosive agents. Demron’s certifications include: ASTM F1670, ASTM F1671 Blood and Viral Penetration. ISO 8194 Certified: Radiation Protective Clothing, ISO 9001 Certified: Quality Management.
RST manufactures Demron and the nano materials at its research and development facility in Miami.
Tpoxx, also known as tecovirimat and ST-246, was developed under the FDA’s streamlined “animal rule,” which was created to address potential terrorist threats after the 9/11 attacks. The rule allows testing on animals to determine efficacy and human clinical trials to determine safety and confirm dosage levels.
Now, because there is still no approved treatment for smallpox, Siga is seeking expedited FDA review of its new drug application. The company claims there were no drug-related serious adverse events during human testing.
On January 9th 2018, Ludovic Ouvry attended the Lyon Chamber of Commerce for a day dedicated to the 2018 calls for Security in the H2020 program.
The objective of this day is to enable the actors of research and innovation in security to inform themselves, to exchange ideas together and to prepare for security calls for projects. Presentations at this meeting included: The involvement of end-users in European projects; the French security strategy, the organization implemented and the results of the 2017 security calls; the Security Challenge Program in Horizon 2020 and the 2018 Calls for this Challenge; and the public support systems.
In the presence of Mr Jérôme Perrin from the Ministry of the Interior (ministerial delegation to the security industries), the French national security contact points PCN ( Mr Armand NACHEF) and the SAFE Cluster focusing on global security ( Jean Michel DUMAZ) the ENCIRCLE project was presented along with its level of progress. The audience of 60, mainly industrial and some academics, was made aware of the integration approach in both communities.
“The human body registers exposures and logs them in the epigenome,” Eric Van Gieson, ECHO program manager, said. “We are just beginning to understand this rich biographical record that we carry around with us. We hope that with the capabilities developed within ECHO, someone in the field will immediately know if a suspected adversary has handled or been exposed to threat agents. The same technology could also serve as a diagnostic tool for our own troops, to diagnose infectious disease or reveal exposure to threat agents, so that medical countermeasures can be applied in time to make a difference.”
The program will last four years and be divided into two missions. The first is the identification of the epigenetic signatures which indicate threat exposure and the second is the creation of the tech to track it, down to its exact type and time of exposure. All it would take would be a finger prick or nasal swab. When it is complete, they hope the system will be able to perform its information diagnostics in 30 minutes or less.
Recognizing the privacy concerns attached to the development of such extensive technology, DARPA officials are consulting with ethical and legal experts for independent opinions on their research and its potential ramifications. DARPA also intends to host a Proposers Day on Feb. 23 in Arlington, Virginia, to explain the program to potential proposers.
Smiths Detection is supplying next generation hold baggage scanners to support the upgrade to ECAC Standard 3 explosives detection systems (EDS) at Düsseldorf Airport. Awarded by the Procurement Office of the German Ministry of Interior, the contract includes 14 advanced HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanners, which deliver exceptional levels of security; and can be further updated as necessary in the future to detect new explosive threats. There is also an associated eight-year service agreement.
“European airports are currently very focused on upgrading to ECAC Standard 3 approved EDS to meet the new regulations,” commented Tony Tielen VP EMEA, Smiths Detection. “This does, of course, require a financial investment which must be clearly weighed against any operational benefits. Airports are keen to have the assurance that future security requirements and passenger growth will be accommodated by the new technology.”
HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanners combine high resolution X-ray technology; computed tomography (CT); and advanced detection algorithms to increase both security and operational efficiency significantly. With a very fast belt speed and large rectangular tunnel, these scanners offer a continuously high throughput of up to 1,800 bags per hour. Extremely sharp, full colour, high resolution images, as well as a low false alarm rate also support the higher performance levels required by the new regulations.
Located in the industrial heart of Germany, Düsseldorf Airport is key to the region’s infrastructure. From here, over 23 million passengers fly on 70 airlines to 200 destinations in 55 countries. The new equipment will be used to upgrade the hold baggage screening facilities in both Terminals and be operated by the German Federal Police. Installation will begin early in 2018 and be rolled out over the following four years.
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“This award represents a culmination of years of successful research and development activities, collaborations across the DOD (Department of Defense), and partnerships with academia and industry, resulting ultimately in increased capability in the hands of the warfighter,” said Kathleen Jones, NSWCDD chief technology officer. “It’s a stellar example of why Dahlgren is here. I could not be more proud of the efforts of our team.”
NSWCDD researchers worked for more than a decade to develop and test Dahlgren Decon as a revolutionary response to chemical and biological warfare agents. The Dahlgren Decon solution will neutralize a wide range of substances, from toxic industrial chemicals and materials to chemical warfare and biological agents. The new decontamination solution has a moderate pH and does not generate toxic byproducts.
Moreover, it’s proven to be the most effective decontamination technology against chemical and biological agents. With a neutralization and kill time of just a few minutes, Dahlgren Decon is now the fastest reacting decontamination agent when compared to other commercial products on the market or in development.
Radu went on to explain that the centers will cover the training of its staff in various specialties, already in use.
“Our activity entails search-and-rescue missions in water, and we have intervention divers. We have intervention vehicles in each subordinated unit. We also have intervention climbers, paramedics and resources for CBRN missions, where Romania does well, but we will continue to develop this facility. We currently have 32 teams to deal with the collecting, transport and storage of water, air, and soil samples to be tested for chemical contamination. So all these specialties will be covered by these training centers, which entail construction works but also the specialized training staff,” he said.
DetectaChem, developer and manufacturer of rapidly deployable, super-compact and easy-to-operate threat detection systems, is proud to announce the release of the MobileDetect smartphone application for drug detection. MobileDetect delivers a revolutionary new drug detection platform for law enforcement, EMS, hazmat, event security, customs and border protection, concerned parents or family members, probation officers and more.
Evolving out of the globally deployed flagship SEEKER product line, MobileDetect was designed to meet industry demand for trace drug detection at a mass adoption price point. MobileDetect uses the same patented automated colorimetric technology used by the SEEKER that detects trace or bulk quantities of drug material. Users can easily send PDF result reports through email, text, Dropbox and more with additional pictures, GPS location and custom notes directly from the app.
MobileDetect utilizes the MobileDetect Pouch that provides presumptive chemical reagent identification of key drugs including heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, THC, methamphetamine, synthetics and more.
The U.S. opioid epidemic has reached emergency level and MobileDetect provides a critical new detection solution. MobileDetect can accurately detect various fentanyl analogues and heroin from bulk quantities and street cuts down to non-visible trace residue.
“The MobileDetect fentanyl pouch fits a long sought-after trace detection need that all in the first responder community need to be aware of. MobileDetect is a game-changing solution at a price point that is affordable for any and all responders,” says Christina Baxter, former CBRNE Program Manager with the U.S. Department of Defense and current CEO of Emergency Response Tips, LLC.
Drug detection on your smartphone. Enough said. MobileDetect is available now through the Apple and Android app store and can be downloaded for free with five test scans included. Contact DetectaChem for full license pricing options.
For more information: www.DetectaChem.com.
DetectaChem is a Texas, USA-based privately-held company and manufacturer of rapidly deployable, handheld, intelligent, and easy-to-operate detection systems. Our products enable threat detection for safety and security operations throughout the world. DetectaChem products are simple to use and maintain, yet sophisticated in function and design. DetectaChem takes pride in being fierce supporters of law enforcement, first responders and the U.S. military.
The SaphyRAD MS, developed by Bertin, is the latest multi-probe survey meter designed for operations in harsh environment, to be used on military fields or by hazmat teams. Its wide range of dose rate meter and external smart probes for source & hot spot search and contamination measurement cover the needs of all army corps. Through its embedded simulation mode, users can train in real conditions without the use of any radioactive sources. The SaphyRAD MS’s ruggedized design has been specially thought for use with CBRN protective clothing. Its easy-to-use interface allows for a quick use even by non-radiation specialists.
With the development of this new military survey meter, Bertin strengthens its existing offer in CBRN threat detection, suppling proprietary systems for all chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection and identification dedicated to armed forces and civil security bodies (rapid intervention teams, and public health and emergency services).
The SaphyRAD MS is the result of two years of research and development. It is currently in beta test by the French Army. An important production is planned by Bertin from the end of 2018.
Avon Rubber p.l.c. is pleased to announce the receipt of an order for 47,000 M50 mask systems worth $12.6 million from the US Department of Defense.
Given the anticipated sales of M50 mask systems to the DoD for our 2018 financial year have already been secured by previous orders, this order contributes towards building the order book for their 2019 financial year.This comes under the IDIQ (indefinite delivery indefinite quantity) contract and is therefore not unexpected - it brings the orders for 2018 so far to 149k and the accumulated total number of masks received by the DoD since 2008 to 1.944m.
Peel Hunt have stated that Avon remains one of their top picks in the sector
If you are interested in free CBRN conferences in 2018 there are two to choose from. We mentioned DTRA’s free CBRN survivability conference previously, but if your CBRN flavour is decon rather than survivability then you might want to go here
Three days of all things decon, and you still have a chance to submit your abstract until the 21st of Feb.
If you are looking for a US CBRN conference in the first half of 2018 you are spoiled for choice, and all free!
The work on the project will be carried out through the joint enterprise research, development, acquisition and production / procurement (JE-RDAP) omnibus contract offered by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD).
Alion Science and Technology Rapid Solutions Group deputy group manager Jeff Murter said: “It’s exciting to know that our research and development (R&D) history and agile engineering expertise can come together through the JE-RDAP contract to put life-saving products into the hands of our warfighters.
“Our work on wearable sensors, modelling and simulation, miniaturisation, and other next-gen solutions is exciting in its own regard, but using it to support this client against CBRNE threats means we are engineering solutions with a real mission and real people in mind.”
The ten-year multi-award contract includes the provision for task and delivery orders to extend for up to five years after the base ordering period.
The French Foreign Ministry informally briefed invited members of civil society in the morning, while the formal launch was held in the afternoon at the Ministerial level which was attended by approximately nearly 30 state representatives. That afternoon France activated the initiative’s website and published a Declaration of Principles.
US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson criticized Russia for having not lived up to its obligations as a guarantor of Syria’ implementation of its CWC obligations and warned “This initiative puts those who ordered and carried out chemical weapons attack on notice. You will face a day of reckoning for your crimes against humanity and your victims will see justice done’.
Participants of the initiative undertake, consistent with international law and respective national laws, regulations and policies to:
1.) Collect, compile, retain, and preserve relevant information to support efforts to hold accountable those responsible for the proliferation or use of chemical weapons;
2.) Facilitate the sharing of such information with participating States, and international, or regional organisation as appropriate, so that those responsible may be brought to justice;
3.) Use relevant mechanisms to designate individuals, entities, groups and governments involved in the proliferation of chemical weapons for sanctions, as appropriate;
4.) Publicize the names of individuals, entities, groups or governments placed under sanctions for their involvement in the proliferation or use of chemical weapons through a dedicated website;
5.) Strengthen the capacity of Participating States, through national and supranational measures, to hold accountable those involved in the use of chemical weapons, including by enhancing the legal and operational capabilities of States to identify and sanction or prosecute individuals and entities involved in the proliferation or use of chemical weapons:
6.) Support, where appropriate, common positions in existing for a regarding the use of chemical weapons, for example the OPCW Executive Council and the UN Security Council and General Assembly.
France will act as the coordinator in 2018. As such it will present the initiative at a forthcoming session of the EU Working Party on Non-Proliferation (CONOP), and at an as yet unspecified NATO format. A major objective will be to expand the number of CWC States Parties to associate themselves with the initiative.
Creating realistic and compelling radiation safety training scenarios is a crucial and ongoing challenge for CBRNe and HazMat instructors worldwide.
Exposure to high levels of radiation is not something we expect to encounter in everyday life, however in the event of a radiological event it is imperative that everyone charged with first response is trained to recognise, react to and contain the threat.
In this eBook we explore the issues that are most commonly encountered by instructors, exercise planners, the military and first response teams in planning for radiation safety training.
• How realism contributes to successful radiation safety training
• Typical scenarios to train for
• What determines an individual’s exposure to radiation
• What equipment is required for live incident radiation detection
• How electronic simulators are transforming radiation safety training
“The end of the trials, which took so long, is a fresh reminder of the horror of all the crimes committed by Aum,” Shizue Takahashi, the wife of a subway stationmaster who died in the attack, told reporters Friday. “Now the focus for the families of the victims and other people will shift to the executions.”
Of the 122 people on death row in Japan, more than 90 are appealing their sentences. Retrials are rarely granted, and filing an appeal does not protect one from the gallows. Four people were executed last year.
In the assessment report the HSE said it had “no standing level of preparedness, education, resources or capability to practically respond to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear [CBRN] incident”.
“External expertise is required to guide the HSE in the development of a HSE- wide strategy and process. A CBRN incident either terrorist or a Seveso-type [a major chemical plant accident in Italy in the 1970s] incident may well become a mass casualty incident. If this initiative is not funded the HSE will continue to fall short of its responsibilities to the public and under legislation in this regard.”
The HSE sought £100,000 this year to carry out “an evaluation relating to CBRN preparedness and requirements, and to outline a HSE-wide strategy and process to include training requirements”.
In this episode, Grant discusses vapor and swab sampling. He covers the pros and cons of each and then performs a demonstration. Which is better? Watch episode 18 now and then download our white paper “How Vapor and Swab Sampling Work.”
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“Sanofi Pasteur has responded positively to the Philippine Department of Health’s (DoH) request that we provide reimbursement for the doses of Dengvaxia that were not used by the government in the public vaccination program,” the company said in a statement to media on Monday.
“Our decision to reimburse for unused doses is not related to any safety or quality issue with Dengvaxia. Rather, Sanofi Pasteur hopes that this decision will allow us to be able to work more openly and constructively with the DoH to address the negative tone towards the dengue vaccine in the Philippines today,” it said.
“[The company] strongly believes that this tone is due to a misunderstanding of the benefits and risks associated with the dengue vaccine and a lack of awareness amongst the general public, particularly parents of vaccinated children, that the overall benefit of dengue vaccination remains positive in high endemic countries like the Philippines,” it said.
“If an adversary finds a way to make Francisella tularensis resistant to antibiotics and uses it as an aerosolized bioweapon, the results could be devastating,” continued Mr. McBride. “We are proud to be a part of the team working to advance a vaccine to protect civilians and military personnel in the event of an attack.”
ATI-1701 is based on research led by Dr. Wayne Conlan at the NRC. Dr. Conlan’s team used genetic engineering to disable a previously virulent strain of F. tularensis and develop a live attenuated vaccine. Their research showed the genetically modified bacterium induced a strong immune response that triggers a protective immune response to F. tularensis.
“It is very rewarding to see our team’s research on this vaccine progress from our labs to the next stage of development. We are delighted to partner with Appili on this important program designed to protect the health of Canadians exposed to bioterror threats,” said Dr. Conlan.
Some of the development work for the vaccine is being funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense, which recently announced a $6.2 million, 5-year program to develop a tularemia vaccine. Appili will conduct the preclinical and clinical testing required by the FDA to evaluate the safety of the ATI-1701 vaccine and to ensure it offers the desired protection against the bacteria for humans. These pivotal studies could support the regulatory approval of the vaccine under the FDA Animal Rule.
The license agreement with the NRC grants Appili exclusive worldwide rights to develop and commercialize this tularemia vaccine. “This continues to build out our portfolio of products that have dual civilian and military defensive applications,” said Kevin Sullivan, CEO of Appili Therapeutics. “We will continue to identify partnering opportunities to work with defense departments around the world to develop infectious disease solutions for unmet needs in the military and civilian populations alike.”
The device will also measure the temperature and radioactivity levels in the area. The survey is expected to take one day. In January last year, an inserted camera with a limited view captured possible melted fuel in the interior of the No. 2 reactor. The following month, Tepco attempted a survey using a scorpion-shaped robot inside the unit, but the effort ended in failure due to a technical flaw. Nearly seven years after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that wrecked the plant, details of the damage to the reactors remain largely unknown due to high levels of radiation.
Dr Goyal continued “The achievements of the previous Phase have taken a significant step towards the ultimate goal of the SILMARILS Program to be able to detect explosives and other chemicals at standoff distances of 30 and 50 meters.”
“The ability to not only detect Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs), but Explosives and Pharmaceutical Based Agents (such as Fentanyl) as well at these standoff distances is addressing a strong need within the Intelligence Community, the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security.”
The CARA Mobile Expeditionary Laboratory deploys scientists to perform high-throughput chemical, explosives, and biological sample analysis to support Department of Defense combatant commanders, military installations, and support to U.S. civil authorities if requested. CARA has three mobile lab packages: a Light Mobile Expeditionary Lab, or LMEL, a Heavy Mobile Expeditionary Lab, or HMEL, and a Chemical Air Monitoring System, or CAMS, platform. LMEL, HMEL, and CAMS deploy to support Weapons of Mass Destruction elimination and remediation efforts in a forward deployed area.
Upon mission notification and requirements determination by the 20th Support Command (CBRNE) Operations Center, CARA responds with appropriate systems to meet specific mission requirements. Either LMEL, HMEL, and/or CAMS will deploy to identify and characterize chemical warfare agents, explosives and biological warfare agents in support of WMD elimination and remediation efforts in a forward deployed area or within the continental United States. The platforms may be employed in the full spectrum of military environments from an operating base in which host country military and law enforcement agencies have control (permissive environments) to a forward operating base in a hostile environment in which the U.S. is conducting offensive combat operations without the permission of the “host” country (non-permissive environments).
For more information on CARA visit www.cbrne.army.mil/pages/CaraLab.htm
After investigation it has been deemed a result of human error, in part due to badly designed user interface, whereupon an employee at the Hawaiian Emergency Management Agency (HEMA) inadvertently pressed “Missile Alert” instead of “Test Missile alert”
According to a report in the Guardian “In the days since the alert, HEMA has made a number of tweaks to the computer system to prevent a repeat of the error. It has added a “cancellation button”, allowing users to send a second alert over the same system that notifies recipients that the first was a false alarm. On Saturday, sending that second “false alarm” alert required extraordinary permission, delaying it for 38 minutes. HEMA has also added a requirement for a second person to confirm the message to be sent, hopefully preventing the first from simply clicking through mistakenly”.
New capability is one of three mission modes released with MX908 software update that offers enhanced operational performance for critical response missions
908 Devices, a pioneer of analytical devices for chemical and biomolecule analysis, today announced a new software update for MX908™, which includes the introduction of a new mission mode – Drug Hunter. This mode unlocks additional resolving power from the device’s existing hardware to dramatically upgrade selectivity, which provides first responders with optimal detection and identification capabilities for a subset of the MX908’s target list, including a broad range of fentanyls, opioids, and amphetamines. In addition to the Drug Hunter mode, the software update includes two new additional modes – Chemical Warfare Hunter and the Explosive Hunter – which provides enhanced performance for those missions.
As synthetic opioids — primarily fentanyl and its analogues – continue to pose a growing threat, first responders are increasingly turning to chemical detection devices to combat the problem. However, currently deployed devices have their limitations, as many lack sensitivity and require high concentration bulk samples for testing along with extensive libraries to accurately detect fentanyl compounds. Harnessing the power of 908 Devices’ patented and award winning high-pressure mass spectrometryTM (HPMS) technology, this product update enables MX908 to selectively detect and identify low-concentration street-drugs in the real world.
“In the past 10 years, we’ve seen a stark pivot in how fentanyl is being used. What was originally developed to help cancer patients combat pain is now being mixed into drugs such as heroin and cocaine, often unbeknownst to the buyer, for a cheaper sale,” said Dr. Christina Baxter, CEO of Emergency Response Tips, LLC and former Program Manager for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) subgroup at the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG). “As this problem has grown into an epidemic, new and innovative technologies will be instrumental in protecting first responders and communities from these threats and fighting this battle head on.”
Leveraging MX908, first responders can now detect fentanyl at trace-level. Recent independent lab testing demonstrates that MX908 can accurately detect substances with purity levels that are as low as 1 percent concentration, whereas other devices can only be leveraged on substances with a 5-10 percent concentration. This capability allows responders to detect a variety of fentanyl analogs, ranging from traditional fentanyl to carfentanyl, which is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.
“When we first deployed MX908 last June, our goal was to continue to evolve its threat list to address the chemical dangers currently fueling community epidemics, public safety concerns, and military response,” said John Kenneweg, Vice President, 908 Devices. “Six months after launch, we are proud to introduce this update to addresses the fentanyl epidemic. The Drug Hunter mode transforms MX908 into a more sensitive and selective device, allowing us to help combat the threats that plague our communities.”
To learn more about or purchase MX908, visit: 908devices.com/fentanyl or email MX908@908devices.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at @908Devices and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/908-devices.
About MX908 and New Mission Modes
MX908 leverages 908 Devices patented and award-winning high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) to deliver dramatically enhanced sensitivity and broader threat category coverage. This second-generation tool increases mission support with unmatched flexibility and detection power for elite responders in chemical, explosive, and high priority toxic industrial chemical (TIC) scenarios. Designed for true trace-level detection and identification for a variety of CBRNE and HAZMAT response missions, MX908 lightens the overall technology burden by obsoleting other less selective technologies from the response mission.
New MX908 Mission Modes enhance performance using specialized software configurations to optimize operational performance of existing hardware for mission objectives.
Drug Hunter: is a mission mode for the detection of drugs and pharmaceutical-based agents (PBAs) such as fentanyl and fentanyl-analogues, along with other high priority drugs-of-abuse.
Explosives Hunter: is a mission mode for the detection of priority threats from military and commercial grade explosives, to home-made energetics and relevant precursors.
CWA Hunter: is a mission mode for the detection of priority chemical warfare agents, including real-time vapor quantification.
Designed and tested to ASHRAE 110 Standards, the Latitude Fentanyl Filtered Hood effectively captures and removes harmful powders, particulate and gases from the operator’s breathing zone. Latitude’s unique back-wall filter design ensures there is constant and even negative pressure at the face of the unit. This ensures balance stability and weighing accuracy when handling these potent compounds.
The Latitude Fentanyl Filtered Hood incorporates the Saf-T-Zone filtration system that isolates the pre-filter and main HEPA filter during filter change out. The Latitude Fentanyl Filtered Hood continues to operate and provide containment during main pre-filter and HEPA filter replacement. The EverSafe™ microprocessor controller is standard on every Latitude Fentanyl Filtered Hood. EverSafe constantly monitors the complete filtration system and alerts the end user, with audible and visual alarms, if airflow or filter problems occur during operation. EverSafe is constantly monitoring your safety with advanced electronic sensors thus removing the guess work if the hood is protecting you.
For more information on the new Latitude Fentanyl Filtered Hood and other Mystaire forensic containment solutions visit the website at www.mystaire.com.
Synthetic biology and genetic engineering now enable researchers to synthetically create microbes using raw genetic materials or edit DNA to create customized microorganisms. Such advances can be used to create specialized microbes with a variety of beneficial purposes, such as synthesizing medicines, breaking down environmental contaminants, or improving agricultural yields. However, the same technologies, in very rare cases, can be used to synthesize or alter harmful pathogens to make them more contagious or virulent.
“Biotechnology is more accessible than ever, with internet-accessible products and services enabling advances in numerous industries,” said Battelle Research Leader Dr. Trevor Petrel. “The exponential growth in capability of genetic engineering as well as accessibility to these biological tools requires that we rethink conventional biosecurity to evolve with the rapid pace of technology. Genetic engineering tasks that previously took weeks and considerable skill to accomplish now require less effort, skill, and technical resources.”
Under the Fun GCAT contract, Battelle is developing software to assess the threat potential of genetic sequences. Using predictive algorithms, the software would be able to determine the suspected function of a DNA fragment based solely on its sequence. It would be used to screen DNA sequences to determine whether the sequence is related to any known organisms, predict the function of unknown sequences, and assign a threat level based on the potential for harm. By screening and characterizing genetic sequences before they are synthesized, the software would enable the end user to vastly reduce the risk that biological threats will be created either intentionally or accidentally.
Battelle is working with key industry collaborators including Ginkgo Bioworks, One Codex and Twist Bioscience, companies which currently employ advanced biosecurity practices before creating any product for customers, to incorporate cutting-edge computational approaches into the software tool and to provide insight into the effectiveness and practicality of the solution in real-world settings.
“IARPA’s Fun GCAT program pushes us to expand on innovative techniques in bioinformatics, software engineering and data analytics,” said Principal Investigator Dr. Omar P. Tabbaa. “We’ve assembled top experts from across the biotech industry including statisticians, software developers, biologists and physicists all working on a problem of great societal impact, all working as a team.”
Although currently focused on developing technology to stop the intentional or unintentional creation of biological threats, the team sees potential for applying this experience to other emerging markets, including predictive health and medical countermeasures development
First Line Technology, a leading provider of disaster preparedness and emergency response equipment, announced it has been awarded a 10-year fielded contract through the United States Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Enterprise-Research, Development, Acquisition, and Production/Procurement (JE-RDAP) omnibus Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle.
First Line Technology is recognized for its Dahglren Decon and FiberTect products, which are high efficacy decontamination technologies that can decontaminate chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, toxic industrial materials, as well as biological and radiological agents from personnel, personal protective equipment (PPE), sensitive equipment, and critical infrastructure.
As a recipient of the $8.2 billion, multi-vendor contract, First Line Technology has been named a qualified contractor by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD). First Line Technology can now compete for JE-RDAP task orders specific to future research, development, production, and fielding of CBRN defense systems.
“Being a qualified recipient of the JE-RDAP contract presents many exciting opportunities for First Line Technology,” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology. “It allows our lab to life-saving technologies to have greater impact in the evolving CBRN environment and better support those who protect our freedoms every day.”
For more information on First Line Technology please contact email@example.com or call 703-955-7510.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) announced today that the Center will resume using nerve agents and biologicals in some of its hazardous materials training courses on Jan. 11.
In late 2016, the CDP suspended the use of the nerve agents GB and VX, and biologicals ricin and anthrax after it was discovered the Center’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological training facility (COBRATF) had received, via third party vendor, and had been using a more toxic version of ricin in training than what CDP had ordered. Since then, the CDP has continued to conduct hazardous material training at its COBRA facility, but without those agents and biologicals.
To resume training with the materials, the CDP will purchase ricin A-chain from a different vendor in the CDC’s Select Agent Program. CDP staff have visited and validated the reliability of the vendor’s processes. The vendor will also ship orders to a laboratory at DHS’s National Bioforensic Analysis Center for analysis before being shipped to the CDP for use in training. That third-party validation process will add to a number of recent enhancements – both physical and administrative – at the COBRA facility aimed at making it even safer for those training with the four types of materials.
These improvements include:
• National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved respirator masks for students and COBRATF staff.
• Updates to the facility’s ventilation system to allow more precise control of the air flow and pressure in the training bays where the agents and toxins are used.
• Approval to hire additional staff, to include an additional safety and occupational health officer, an additional environmental management specialist, and an additional quality assurance analyst.
The enhancements also include the creation of a formal advisory board for the facility, which will include representatives from a number of national occupational safety and health and compliance assurance offices and agencies.
“Our number one goal is to provide our students and staff the safest, most realistic training possible,” said CDP Acting Superintendent Tony Russell. “With these enhancements, we will continue to do just that.”
The CDP’s COBRATF trains up to 2,500 civilian first responders a year to detect and operate in environments with chemical, biological and nuclear materials. This advanced, hands-on training builds confidence in those responders to effectively respond to real-world incidents involving those materials throughout the nation. Overall, the CDP trains up to 50,000 students annually, from public health, public works and emergency management officials to hazardous material specialists, law enforcement specialists, firefighters, and doctors, nurses and other health care workers. The students come from all states and U.S. territories, as well as a number of foreign countries. In July, the CDP reached an historic milestone when it trained its one millionth student.
The session will be presented by Dan Sosin, MD, MPH, Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer, CDC. CAPT Michael Noska, MS Radiation Safety Officer and Senior Advisor for Health Physics, FDA. Robert Whitcomb, PhD, Chief, Radiation Studies Branch, CDC and Betsy Kagey, PhD, Academic and Special Projects Liaison, Georgia Department of Health.
Full information on the Grand Rounds can be found on the CDC site at https://www.cdc.gov/cdcgrandrounds/archives/2018/January2018.htm
To stream the Grand Rounds visit https://www.ustream.tv/channel/eSsrrwp9qKQ
see in the human body.”
To recreate the regions of the brain, researchers divided the chip into four distinct areas — three sub-regions and an external region representing the brain’s cortex. Researchers deposited primary hippocampal and cortical cells onto the electrodes, positioned based on their relative orientation in the brain, using custom-built inserts that can be removed after the cells are placed in the device to allow free communication among the different regions. The team then monitored the cells’ action potential patterns — the “bursts” of electrical energy that cells emit when communicating — and observed how the cells interacted over time. The researchers also successfully performed tests with a four-cell insert, to prove more cell types could be used simultaneously.
Scientists said the platform is part of LLNL’s broader vision for countering emerging and existing threats, allows them to study the networks formed among various regions of the brain, and obtain timely, human-relevant data without animal or human testing. The data would be used to better predict human response to countermeasures, viruses or pharmaceutical drugs, and could help scientists determine if certain types of neurons are more susceptible to exposure.
“This allows us to come up with a platform that we can use to test how chemical agents would affect the brain,” says iCHIP principal investigator Elizabeth Wheeler. “Obviously at a high dose, we know exposure is going to be detrimental, but think about the warfighter who is exposed to a low level of chemical for a long time. Using this device in the future, we might be able to predict how that brain is going to be affected. If we understand how it’s affected, then we can develop a countermeasure to protect the
“The authorities of the Saratov Region will join the project at the next stage. They are already working on an investment project for launching full-fledged industrial production of the membrane fabric,” the university president elaborated.
The membrane fabrics are impermeable to water, viruses, bacteria, toxins and allergens. The wearer of the suit is safe from the hazardous effects of chemical and biological agents. At the same time, the nanofiber fabric is microporous allowing for air and vapor circulation. The technical fabrics were created within the framework of a larger project of the Fund for Perspective Research for creating combat gear of the future. The research began in 2014.
“At the request of a partner in Moscow we are about to start manufacturing a large consignment of the membrane fabric, about seven kilometers in total length,” Kossovich said.
The new material may come in handy for making not only military uniform, but also clothes and gear for extreme athletes and polar explorers.
“The properties of the Russian product surpass those of its foreign counterparts. Also, the membrane fabric is less costly, with the entire production chain located in Russia. So far all membrane water-tight air permeable materials have had to be imported. Our product will surely be in great demand on the domestic market. Several major manufacturers have already stated they are interested,” Kossovich said.
MORLOCK, Virginia M of Arlington, VA, died unexpectedly Dec 11, 2017. Beloved daughter of Marie (LaVoix) Morlock and the late Laurence Morlock of Centerville, MA. Also survived by her brother Paul Morlock and his wife Cathy of Derry, NH, her late brother William Morlock, her sister Elaine Morlock of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, her brother Raymond Morlock and his wife Gail of Winchester, MA, her sister Julie Keene and her husband Wade of Sagamore Beach, MA and her brother James Morlock and his companion Angelique Lamoreaux of Centerville, MA. Virginia enjoyed many special events and travel experiences with her companion Fred Burchill, Richmond, VA. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other family members who deeply loved her for her ability to bring unique entertainment to every family event. We will all miss her enthusiastic smile and contagious laugh for many years to come.
Virginia’s career as Manager in the Mission Systems Strategy division based at the Northrop Grumman headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia began in 1999. Gin cherished the opportunities she had to engage with many thousands of associates and personnel throughout her 18 year tenure. Her prior roles included Government Relations Manager, Army Research & Development, and Program Capture Manager for Chemical/Biological Detection Systems.
Virginia was affectionately known as the “first lady” in the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical (NBC) Defense community. She traveled extensively around the world, often to austere locations, to test and improve advanced threat detection systems.
She was a tireless leader of numerous industry and women’s professional organizations. Virginia was one of the founding members and Chair Emeritus of the Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Industry Group, an industry advocacy group representing more than 130 Chemical and Biological companies. She also chaired the Dr. Billy Richardson Scholarship Committee that each year recognizes one of industry’s young researchers with a $1000 annual scholarship for the Aberdeen Science and Math Academy. Virginia was co-founder of a Washington DC-based networking organization for women with more than 250 members from Government, Academia and Industry and she was most recently elected to chair the Northrop Grumman Women’s International Network. She also had the passion for being an entrepreneur as owner of Captain Sam’s Treasures & Electric Bikes of Centerville, MA.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject. This was Gin’s favorite charity; one that was so important to her.
Visiting Hours will be 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Rd., Marstons Mills, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 S. Main St., Centerville, MA. Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.
[Photo below is Virginia with the ‘Rio’ respirator that she successfully bid on during the charity auction in 2012. Ed.]
Prominent world events, such as the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Ebola outbreak and the use of chemical weapons in countries such as Syria and Iraq, highlight the vital importance for the US military and first response units worldwide to be prepared for the most demanding of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive (CBRNe) challenges.
Irrespective of how a release happens, and whether it be accidental or deliberate in nature, it is essential that response teams have the requisite skills to be able to identify, secure and work within any potentially hostile environment.
To this end, the creation of realistic, immersive and compelling scenarios, that accurately portray the challenges that teams will face in the field, is pivotal to effective training.
Research has shown that experiential learning is an incredibly powerful training tool, but when you are working with high-risk substances such as toxic chemicals or radiation, how can CBRNe instructors ensure the most realistic student experience whilst also maintaining the highest levels of safety?
In this blog post we discuss the significance of safety within the context of CBRNe training scenarios and explore the options currently available to provide safe and realistic hands-on training experiences.
The role of Live Agent Training (LAT)
One traditional approach to CBRNe training focuses on the use of Live Agent Training (LAT) which utilises quantities of actual chemical warfare agents to create authentic training scenarios. As such, LAT is a highly respected and invaluable tool in developing trainees’ “combat readiness,” to ensure they are prepared for all the realities of the field.
But while LAT is often described as the peak of chemical warfare agent (CWA) training, its intensive nature, the demands it places on staff and time and the ongoing cost commitment, can make it an untenable long-term repetitive training solution.
LAT training also relies on trainees having already reached a high level of competence before they undertake such training. As UK CBRNe specialist David Butler describes in the ebook, Chemical Warfare Agent Training Using Simulators, “The training is not taken lightly and is only allowed after the trainee has attained a thorough understanding of the hazards and their effects and consequences.”
Due to the highly toxic nature of the substances, LAT is also subject to stringent regulations, meaning that every element of the training must be strictly managed. Training can only take place in designated areas for example, and always in close collaboration with the military and environmental agencies.
If an LAT training centre is located in a populated area, then training can only take place inside. And any training that takes place outdoors is always carefully controlled, down to the time of day it occurs, the suitability of the weather conditions and the type and quantity of agent that is released.
Safety considerations in Simulant Agent Training (SAT)
A step down from LAT is simulant agent training (SAT) which follows many of the same principles of LAT but which utilises simulant agents that mimic the properties of actual CWAs.
While SAT significantly reduces the lethality of the substances used, there is still a risk of overexposure to the simulants which can present a hazard both to the trainees and their instructors. And while SAT offers a realistic training experience, it runs the risk of building false confidence which can compromise students’ understanding.
Simulants can also be difficult to dispense and control which can limit an instructor’s ability to replicate a specific scenario. Crucially too, the repeated use of simulants over time can result in chemical build-up which, aside from saturating the ground and compromising future exercises, can present a hazard to human health and the immediate environment as well as causing wear and tear to expensive detector equipment.
What viable alternatives are there to LAT or SAT training?
An alternative to both the LAT and SAT training methods is simulation training, which utilises the latest intelligent, computer-based simulation tools to offer a compelling, immersive and safe CBRNe training experience.
Simulator detectors require no actual chemical agents, responding instead to electronic simulation that mimics the exact qualities of real life hazards, which means it can be undertaken in any location, including buildings and civilian areas, and with zero risk of harm to the public, training personnel or the environment.
Aside from the normal instructions to safely handle and dispose of the commercial alkaline batteries used to power the devices, there are no significant health and safety or environmental implications in using simulator detectors.
The development of regular training to test responsibilities, capabilities and protocols is an essential component of CBRNe training for the military and first response teams. And at the heart of any training methodology should be an adherence to the highest levels of safety for personnel, civilians and the environment.
The creation of realistic training scenarios, utilising simulator detectors, offers a safe and viable alternative to other existing CBRNe training methods.
908 Devices, a pioneer of analytical devices for chemical and biomolecule analysis, announced it has been awarded a 10-year fielded contract through the United States Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Enterprise-Research, Development, Acquisition, and Production/Procurement (JE-RDAP) omnibus Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicle. 908 Devices is recognized for its patented and award-winning high-pressure mass spectrometry™ (HPMS) technology, which powers its line of handheld chemical detection and identification devices. This includes the flagship M908™ and the MX908™, which launched in June of this year.
As a recipient of the $8.2 billion, multi-vendor contract, 908 Devices has been named a qualified contractor by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD), whose mission it is to protect the Joint Force from weapons of mass destruction by generating affordable capabilities. Leveraging the power of HPMS, 908 Devices will now have the opportunity to compete for JE-RDAP task orders specific to future research, development, production, and fielding of CBRN defense systems.
“We are excited to be named a qualified contractor and for the opportunities it provides.,” said Dr. Kevin J. Knopp, President and CEO, 908 Devices. “We believe our handheld high-pressure mass spec platform can play a critical role in the modern response mission and look forward to working closely with the military to support and enhance its CBRN response needs.”
“This has been an exciting year for our safety and security team, and being a recipient of the JE-RDAP contract allows us to be an innovation partner with the government,” said John Kenneweg, Vice President, 908 Devices. “We will continue to explore and push the boundaries of our HPMS technology so as to be ready to support the evolving CBRN mission for years to come.“
BILLERICA, Massachusetts – November 28, 2017— Bruker announced a contract to deliver 133 RAID™ M-100 hand-held chemical detectors, which are based on Bruker’s advanced ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) technology, to the United States National Guard.
For deliveries through March 2018, the 133 RAID M-100 units upgrade and enhance the capabilities of the National Guard Homeland Response Force (HRF) and of the CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). The RAID M-100s will replace older Chemical Agent Monitor (CAM) detectors that have been in service for many years.
The fast, sensitive and reliable response of the new RAID M-100 detectors will enhance mission capabilities of these strategic National Guard units, which are vital to national defense.
Mr. Frank Thibodeau, Vice President for Business Development for Bruker Detection Corporation, commented: “Bruker is very pleased to deliver this contract to such an important client, and it confirms our position as a key global supplier of chemical detection technologies for homeland security. Our RAID M-100 detectors are already in service with the National Guard Civil Support Teams (CST) nationwide.”
Bruker Detection Corporation is a leading provider of mobile, ruggedized and user-friendly CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) detection systems and solutions. Serving this demanding market for more than 30 years, Bruker Detection has built a reputation for delivering high quality, high performance and innovative solutions to its customers. For more information: www.bruker.com/cbrne
About Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR)
For more than 55 years, Bruker has enabled scientists to make breakthrough discoveries and develop new applications that improve the quality of human life. Bruker’s high-performance scientific instruments and high-value analytical and diagnostic solutions enable scientists to explore life and materials at molecular, cellular and microscopic levels. In close cooperation with our customers, Bruker is enabling innovation, productivity and customer success in life science molecular research, in applied and pharma applications, in microscopy, nanoanalysis and industrial applications, as well as in cell biology, preclinical imaging, clinical phenomics and proteomics research, clinical microbiology and molecular pathology research. For more information, please visit: www.bruker.com
Geritrex LLC is now the distributor of the “dirty bomb” antidote Ca-DTPA/Zn-DTPA, Pentetate Calcium Trisodium Injection, and Pentetate Zinc Trisodium Injection (for treatment of plutonium, americium, or curium contaminants).
This antidote is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration FDA) as a pharmacological countermeasure to a potential radiological release/nuclear detonation.
Ca-DTPA/Zn-DTPA is indicated for treatment of individuals with known or suspected internal contamination with plutonium, americium, or curium, to increase the rates of elimination of radioactive materials from the body due to exposure from a Radiation Dispersal Device (RDD), commonly known as a “dirty bomb.”
After the initial dose of Ca-DTPA, it is recommended that therapy be continued with Zn-DTPA.
To order, call 800-736-3437 or visit www.geritrex.com.
Smiths Detection Wins Narita International Airport Order for 20 CTX9800 Explosives Detection Systems05 December 2017 by CBRNe World Staff 0
Smiths Detection has announced that Narita International Airport Corporation in Japan has ordered 20 high-speed CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS) for hold-baggage screening.
Narita is the main international airport in Japan, handling around 50 percent of the country’s international passenger traffic and 60 percent of its international air-cargo traffic, and has collaborated with Smiths Detection to enhance hold-baggage screening capabilities for nearly ten years. Scheduled for deployment between 2019 and 2022, the new 20 CTX 9800 units will replace more than 27 legacy CTX systems and will allow Narita to screen hold baggage faster, more efficiently and with a reduced footprint. Helping to ensure maximum performance and system uptime, Smiths Detection’s onsite network of expert engineers and technicians will facilitate preventative and rapid-response maintenance services for a minimum of ten years.
This is the first order for Smiths Detection’s new CORAL Advanced Predictive Analytics Suite. Leveraging operational data to predict and schedule maintenance on hold baggage or checkpoint screening networks, CORAL is a powerful new tool to help airports minimize downtime while maximizing the efficiency of their service programme.
“Smiths Detection is delighted that Narita continues to recognize the superior imaging, detection and throughput capability of our EDS systems,” said Nathan Manzi, VP APAC at Smiths Detection. “Combined with an unmatched global service footprint that now includes advanced predictive analytics capabilities, Smiths Detection can help any size of airport deploy advanced hold-baggage screening capabilities to plan for evolving threats and growth.”
The scalability of Smiths Detection’s EDS systems means that threats, substances and cyber-security enhancements can be added over time via seamless software upgrades – reducing the need to replace the installed hardware. Powered by leading-edge computed tomography (CT) technology, CTX 9800 can be configured to deliver throughput of up to 1,800 bags per hour and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of any legacy or new baggage-handling system. Approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference as meeting Standard 3 requirements, CTX 9800 is also certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
For more information on Smiths Detection’s solutions and services, visit www.smithsdetection.com..
The SaphyGATE G combines easy operation and maintenance with robustness and compliance with the strictest international standards
Bertin Technologies has announced the launch of its new SaphyGATE G range of radiation portal monitors. The first devices in this range of portal monitors automatically gauge the potential radioactivity of vehicles, such as trucks and trains, and their loads. Dedicated to the control of radiation hazards on industrial and civil sites, these devices offer excellent measuring performances and meet the requirements of international standard IEC 62022, one of the most demanding in the field.
Designed by Bertin teams in France, Italy and Germany, the new SaphyGATE G50 and G100 portal monitors incorporate high-performance detectors. Vehicles to be checked pass between the detectors, installed in pillars. The readings obtained by the detectors are analyzed in real time by the processing system on the control station. To obtain the most accurate possible readings, Bertin Technologies developed a compensation algorithm allowing for background noise due to telluric radiation, enabling the detection threshold to be adjusted as vehicles pass through.
“Everything is done automatically, generally when the vehicles are being weighed, so as to maintain a smooth flow in and out of the site,” says Julien Ranouil, Product Manager at Bertin Technologies.
The ergonomics of the SaphyGATE G control station was engineered in collaboration with Bertin ergonomics experts. The system can be easily operated and supervised by site personnel after a short training period. Suitable for all types of climatic conditions, the SaphyGATE G50 and G100 can be used for the purposes of metallurgical, recycling and border control installations, and hospital and nuclear infrastructure.
“We have been developing the SaphyGATE G for several years and our portal monitors are among the top-ranking solutions on the market,” points out Bruno Vallayer, Sales and Marketing manager at Bertin Systèmes & Instrumentation. “On top of their radiation measuring performances, SaphyGATE G portal monitors comply with the requirements of one of the toughest international standards, IEC 62022. This places the SaphyGATE G at the industry’s cutting edge. Our international ambitions for this solution have already been confirmed by our first customer orders.”
When Smiths Detection had a need to quickly demonstrate to an important customer the ability of their LCD series detector family to function in the Arabic language, the challenge of the understandably complex engineering cycles involved in the development of operational equipment arose.
Seeking a cost effective means to illustrate to the customer exactly how their language would be supported, Smiths turned to Argon, who were able to implement the Arabic language support within the LCD3.3 chemical hazard training simulator in just a few weeks.
Working with the marketing and engineering departments within Smiths Detection, all parties cooperated to ensure the presentation, interpretation and meaning of the entire menu structure was correct. The manner in which the task was carried out will also enable Smiths to implement the Arabic language within the operational detector in a more efficient manner.
“This was a very interesting project which the Argon engineering team particularly enjoyed” explained Steven Pike of Argon, who added “there is significant scope for simulators to be used for the ergonomic and human factors evaluation of detector use because customers are able to exercise all aspects of the product enabling both the detector manufacturer and the users to fully experience how the equipment may be operated and refine the human interface to optimise the end product”.
“SPECIM IQ is a truly smart design which enables users to concentrate on problem solving rather than complex data acquisition and processing. The graphical user interface is simple to use, and it provides instant measurement results and insights into the problem without requiring complex mathematics or signal processing skills. This makes SPECIM IQ an ideal OEM product for medical, cosmetics, and other industries”, states Esko Herrala, one of the founders and innovators behind Specim.
“We are very excited to present a next-gen device that can help solve many of the world’s pressing problems in the future”, Esko Herrala continues.
Specim have also designed software to accompany the camera called Specim IQ Studio Software. Specim IQ Studio gives you the possibility to control the Specim IQ camera and handle the Specim IQ data. You can process the hyperspectral data, and create applications for the Specim IQ.
More information on the Specim IQ can be found here http://www.specim.fi/iq/
The IDIQ contract requires research, design, development, and procurement to include CBRNE Defense capability integration and full life-cycle support.
The U.S. Army Contracting Command and Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD), recently announced multiple awards for the $8.27B Joint Enterprise-Research, Development, Acquisition, and Production/Procurement (JE-RDAP) IDIQ contract vehicle. Federal Resources, a leading supplier of defense and mission-critical solutions to the U.S. government, is among the 171 qualified contractors to share the high-profile, enterprise-wide, hybrid contract.
Under the terms of the program, Federal Resources will support the research and development of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) defense systems, capabilities, equipment, supplies, and material, in addition to the production/procurement of the future developed capabilities to meet the portfolio’s RDAP requirements. Among other competencies of Federal Resources’, this includes Individual Protective Equipment; Medical Devices; Explosive Detection and Identification; and Forensics.
“As a total life-cycle sustainment provider, it’s a privilege for Federal Resources to partake in and contribute to this significant contract and we’re thrilled to have been named an awardee,” says Robert McWilliams, CEO of Federal Resources. “We look forward to providing solutions, systems, and equipment that will support our nation’s military services and government agencies, and provide a critical force protection against weapons of mass destruction worldwide – a pursuit which further enforces and strengthens our mission to keep first-responders and warfighters safe on the front line.”
The JPEO-CBD and its assigned Joint Project Managers lead, manage, and direct the program throughout its full life-cycle. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order with a target completion date of October 3, 2027.
To learn more about JE-RDAP and Federal Resources, visit ExperienceFR on December 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Register at ExperienceFR.com.
Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) announced orders totaling $7.1 million for HCVM e35 NA and ScanVan technologies under existing indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Smiths Detection’s ScanVan is a small, easily maneuvered vehicle, fitted with HI-SCAN 100100T technology, a state-of-the-art X-ray system capable of scanning objects such as cargo, strollers, boxes or electronics. It is specially designed for the needs of customs facilities, airports, transport operators, and couriers - or wherever temporary high-security checkpoints are required.
The HCVM e35 NA is a fully integrated mobile solution used to inspect whole trucks, containers and vehicles. Utilizing state-of-the-art software platforms to provide detailed X-ray image views, customizable image options, and comparison tools to enhance screening outcome, it screens for contraband and threats such as explosives, narcotics, and weapons. The solutions also help operators to reduce screening times and increase data collection capability.
Stephen Esposito, Vice President of Business Development and Sales, said, “Smiths Detection’s advanced technology, reputation for custom solutions, responsiveness, and reliable service have helped us to become long-term providers for agencies around the world. Our experience allows us to continue to work closely with CBP to provide world-leading solutions that help to protect our borders and secure locations across the country.”
For more information, please visit www.smithsdetection.com
Newest library update adds 14 new forms of fentanyl to handheld narcotics analyzer, designed to rapidly identify emerging synthetic opioids and other potent drugs in the field
Law enforcement agents, narcotics officers and customs personnel can now quickly and safely identify the synthetic opioid carfentanil and dozens of additional emerging drugs with the newest library update for the Thermo Scientific TruNarc handheld narcotics analyzer. Carfentanil, which is most often used to tranquilize elephants and other large animals, is a fentanyl analog that is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times more powerful than fentanyl.
As part of the software update, the TruNarc analyzer adds 45 new substances, including 14 new forms of fentanyl, to its onboard library. In addition to carfentanil, the TruNarc analyzer library now includes acrylfentanyl, the pharmaceutical variants alfentanil and sufentanil, and the fentanyl precursors ANPP and NPP, of which 50 kilograms were seized in Massachusetts in May 2017. That volume of NPP could be used to produce 19 million fentanyl pills. TruNarc, designed to allow users to quickly and accurately identify core drugs of abuse, painkillers and many emerging drug threats, added fentanyl, dibutylone, W-18 and U-47700 to its library as part of earlier updates.
Carfentanil, a transdermal synthetic opioid, is one of the most potent opioids in the world and was the subject of a Drug Enforcement Administration warning in 2016. New Hampshire and Minnesota have experienced double-digit fatal overdoses of carfentanil in 2017. Carfentanil has been found mixed with heroin and fentanyl, and some forms of carfentanil can be accidentally inhaled or absorbed through the skin, placing first responders at serious risk.
“The fentanyl epidemic has been described as ‘stunning’ by drug enforcement authorities, and carfentanil is emerging as an even more dangerous public safety concern,” said Julie Planchet, vice president/general manager, field and safety instruments for Thermo Fisher. “The TruNarc analyzer’s latest library update is designed to equip field agents with updated capabilities to stay ahead of emerging narcotics threats and protect the lives of officers and the public.”
The TruNarc analyzer, which debuted in 2012, is designed to reduce the need for law enforcement personnel to be exposed to unknown substances in many cases, designed, therefore, to make it safer and easier to test in the field. Using Raman spectroscopy, a well-established analytical technique, TruNarc is also designed to allow officers to scan a single sample for multiple narcotics in one non-destructive and non-contact test, and receive the results within seconds. An increasing number of law enforcement departments are deploying TruNarc to help limit the need to carry multiple chemical tests and reduce drug testing backlogs.
For more information on the Thermo Scientific TruNarc handheld narcotics analyzer, please visit www.thermofisher.com/trunarc.
First Line Technology received new data from MRI Global, one of the nation’s leading research institutes, proving that Dahlgren Decontamination solution neutralizes over 99.9% of bulk fentanyl hydrochloride within five minutes.
Fentanyl hydrochloride, otherwise known as fentanyl HCL, is one of the most difficult types of fentanyl to decontaminate.
Other current decontaminants can only remove this type of fentanyl, not molecularly destroy. This doesn’t help protect First Responders. Dahlgren Decontaminant’s 99.9% efficacy is defined as true chemical destruction via molecular disassembly of the target threat. Dahlgren Decon is effective against all threats including fentanyl, fentanyl citrate and fentanyl hydrochloride.
“First Line Technology realizes the importance of considering what specific type of fentanyl is being addressed,” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology. “We aren’t just stopping with product research and development with today’s threats – we are looking at tomorrow’s threats for First Responders and our citizens to produce next generation solutions.”
First Line Technology works with scientific experts to conduct reproducible testing that undergoes quality controls and management reviews to produce reports with unbiased data. This produces test reports that can be used in peer reviewed publications that benefit the military and First responder communities.
“We highly encourage our customers to ask questions, get hands-on with our products and seek out unbiased evaluative data before making a purchase,” said Kapoor. “Understanding each threat presents a different decontamination requirement is essential to the health and safety of First Responders and, ultimately, eliminating this ongoing epidemic.”
For more information on First Line Technology, or a copy of the test results, please email DeconTect@firstlinetech.com or call 703-955-7510.
American Security Today has announced the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award’ winners for outstanding product development achievements and exciting new technologies that address the growing Homeland Security Threats our Nation is facing. Two FLIR Detection & Security products were recognized with Platinum and Gold awards for distinguished excellence and supporting the safety efforts of law enforcement, first responders, IT and port security.
The Platinum Award for Best CBRNE Detection System goes to FLIR’s new FLIR Griffin G510 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), a groundbreaking chemical analysis tool to aid responders in the field. Announced in June 2017, the FLIR Griffin G510 is a versatile, hand-portable chemical identifier that enables responders to analyze all phases of matter (liquid, solid, vapor), and identify vapor-phase chemical threats within seconds.
FLIR PRIMED (Prepare, Recognize, Input, Monitor, Experience, Decision), an online CBRNE training video series, launched earlier this year, achieved the Gold Award for Best Homeland Security Education Program. The new educational resource is a free, online tool that provides First Responders with best practices for HAZMAT accidents and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and/or Explosives (CBRNE) attacks.
FLIR’s best-in-class detection products progressively enable coordinated emergency response between law enforcement, firefighters and HAZMAT teams across the country in an effort to keep our nation safe. To learn more about the suite of FLIR Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives products, visit flir.com/detection.
France and Germany edged toward achieving a 70-year-old ambition to integrate European defenses on Monday, signing a pact with 21 other EU governments to fund, develop and deploy armed forces after Britain’s decision to quit the bloc. European Union foreign and defence ministers attended a signature ceremony of a defence pact, aiming to mark a new era of European military integration to cement unity after Britain’s decision to quit the bloc, in Brussels, Belgium, November 13, 2017. First proposed in the 1950s and long resisted by Britain, European defense planning, operations and weapons development now stands its best chance in years as London steps aside and the United States pushes Europe to pay more for its security.
Foreign and defense ministers gathered at a signing ceremony in Brussels to represent 23 EU governments joining the pact, paving the way for EU leaders to sign it in December. Those governments will for the first time legally bind themselves into joint projects as well as pledging to increase defense spending and contribute to rapid deployments. “Today we are taking a historic step,” Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told reporters. “We are agreeing on the future cooperation on security and defense issues ... it’s really a milestone in European development,” he said.
The pact includes all EU governments except Britain, which is leaving the bloc, Denmark, which has opted out of defense matters, Ireland, Portugal and Malta. Traditionally neutral Austria was a late addition to the pact. Paris originally wanted a vanguard of EU countries to bring money and assets to French-led military missions and projects, while Berlin has sought to be more inclusive, which could reduce effectiveness. Its backers say that if successful, the formal club of 23 members will give the European Union a more coherent role in tackling international crises and end the kind of shortcomings seen in Libya in 2011, when European allies relied on the United States for air power and munitions. Unlike past attempts, the U.S.-led NATO alliance backs the project, aiming to benefit from stronger militaries.
The club will be backed by a 5-billion-euro defense fund for buying weapons, a special fund to finance operations and money from the EU’s common budget for defense research. European Union foreign and defence ministers attend a signature ceremony of a defence pact, aiming to mark a new era of European military integration to cement unity after Britain’s decision to quit the bloc. Members will also be required to submit national plans and be subject to a review system identifying weak spots in European armies with the goal of plugging those gaps together. Many governments say Russia’s seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 was a turning point, after years of defense spending cuts that left Europe without vital capabilities. “This is a commitment for countries to do better together,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. “It comes at a time of significant tension,” he said, referring indirectly to Russia’s rising military reach and Islamic militants who have attacked European cities.
[In terms of CBRN this is likely to act as a further accelerant to the Framework Nations Concept for CBRN, that was agreed at the Cardiff summit (See CBRNe World Issue 1 2017). With the US and Germany getting closer [despite having cancelled the latest Dragon Fire], and the European nations actually integrating the UK is sitting on an unexceptional Commonwealth spur of the CBRN tree. Probably little of the 5bn fund will trickle into CBRN, but it will be the integration and interoperability it brings that will be the force multiplier. UK attempts to stymie a closer European force have clearly come to naught in a post-Brexit world. Gwyn Winfield]
FLIR has announced it has received a significant delivery order for FLIR identiFINDER® R300 spectroscopic personal radiation detectors (SPRDs). The delivery order is under a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) for the Human Portable Tripwire (HPT) program. The order is valued at $17.174 million, with deliveries extending through the second quarter of 2019.
The identiFINDER R300 is a belt-worn spectroscopic pager that virtually eliminates false alarms and false positives by providing continuous radiation detection capability and full threat identification. Under the contract, all DHS components will be able to procure HPT systems and associated services, including warranty, extended warranty, maintenance support, training, and documentation, as needed.
For more information on FLIR’s identiFINDER R300 SPRD, visit www.flir.com/r300
Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) is pioneering a series of educational workshops to inform first responders on how to use technology to protect themselves against fentanyl exposure. The series of workshops will explore scenarios where responders can utilize field-based detection and identification systems to mitigate the threat of exposure to the potentially lethal opioid.
“Sharing our expertise with first responders about how technology can be used to help reduce the risk of fentanyl exposure is critical in the face of this growing epidemic” said Stephen Esposito, VP of Business Development and Sales at SDI. “Smiths Detection remains committed to using leading-edge technology to help ensure the safety and security of emergency responders and the communities that they protect.”
SDI offers a range of products capable of detecting and/or identifying fentanyl, and several of its analogues. These include:
HazMatID Elite, an infrared handheld chemical identifier which performs chemical analysis on solids and liquids;
ACE-ID, which utilizes laser Raman spectroscopy to test unknown substances without contact, including through clear plastic and glass containers; and
IONSCAN 600, a portable system that detects and identifies trace amounts of suspected narcotics in seconds.
SDI also provides ReachBackID, a 24/7/365 hotline, which gives first responders access to Ph.D. scientists to support the field-based analysis of a range of chemicals including fentanyl and several of its analogues.
SDI has recently held mission-based workshops in Dallas, TX, Baltimore, MD, Suffolk County, NY, and Gainesville, FL with more workshops planned in communities across the country.
Bruker Corporation announced the merger of its subsidiaries in Sweden as of November 1st. Bruker AXS Nordic AB, Bruker BioSpin Scandinavia AB, and Bruker Optics AB have merged with Bruker Daltonics Scandinavia AB, and the surviving company has been renamed to Bruker Nordic AB.
In addition to the consolidation of legal entities, Bruker has streamlined its order management processes. The rationalization of steps and improved internal communication interfaces throughout the process chain will benefit our customers as well.
This restructuring is primarily to strengthen and streamline the Bruker internal structure in Scandinavia without impacting any business or contractual obligations. There will be no impact on performance of any contractual agreements nor will there be a change to Bruker contacts in Scandinavia. Bruker Nordic AB continues to support and provide all their services as has been done in the past with the benefit of one consistent way of serving our customers.
First Line Technology and Federal Resources announced a strategic partnership to provide a greater selection of best-in-class decontamination and personal cooling technologies to government and commercial customers.
Federal Resources will help First Line Technology distribute Dahlgren Decon, a three-part decontaminant solution that immediately decontaminates chemical and biological warfare agents. Dahlgren Decon has also been proven to decontaminate fentanyl, a powerful and toxic synthetic opioid, which has contributed the recently-declared national health emergency.
“Working with Federal Resources will allow First Line Technology to continue solving the most complex challenges facing the industry, and continue executing on our Lab to Lifesaving mission,” said Amit Kapoor, President of First Line Technology.
Known for their mission to support military and first responders, Federal Resources is a leading provider of quality solutions that have paved the way in the service and contract manufacturing industry.
“Federal Resources is committed to taking the best and most innovative technologies from the lab to the marketplace to protect our military and first responders who serve on the frontlines. Every day, law enforcement and first responders are exposed to fentanyl. Chemical warfare agents in North Korea and Syria pose grave and real threats to our military. First Line Technology decontaminant solution makes us more prepared to deal with these threats—both domestically and abroad. We look forward to better supporting our customers through this key partnership,” said Robert McWilliams, Federal Resources CEO.
Federal Resources will have the First Line Technology products on display at CBRNe Convergence in Indianapolis, IN from November 6-8 2017 at booth 411. For more information on Federal Resources please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-643-7810.
Passport Systems, Inc. announced that they will be demonstrating version 2.0 of their SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System software at the CBRNE Convergence Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Recently, Passport Systems worked with WildCat, a premier CBRNe training company based in the UK, to train a prestigious international guard force using the SmartShield system. Using the new Source Simulation application, users were able to electronically inject a simulated radioactive source to provide a full fidelity simulation of an actual event. For the first time, customers were able train to find either a stationary or a moving source without deploying a physical source.
“The training sessions refined and validated a change in ConOps using networked radiation detectors,” said Tom Hughes, Director of Product Management for SmartShield Technology. “Additionally, the SmartShield Source Simulation application enables hazmat units to train without the logistics of radiation sources, in public areas should they choose, using the equipment that they would use in day-to-day operations. This type of training allows agencies to reevaluate and modify ConOps to meet the growing radiological threat.”
The SmartShield system is comprised of small gamma-radiation detectors that collect radiation data and transmit the information wirelessly through smartphones, forming a network that allows security forces to simultaneously respond to any threats. While on patrol, security and law enforcement officers collect background radiation data. When gamma radiation is detected, an alert and GPS coordinates are sent throughout the network, to a central command station, and to responding law enforcement personnel.
The capabilities of the revolutionary SmartShield system have been expanded:
• SmartShield Source Simulation, our all-new simulation tool.
• Extended battery life.
• Includes Analysis Mode, to compare previous radiation maps, and highlight changes in detected isotopes across the survey area.
• Includes Replay Mode, to playback a previous survey, allowing for closer review of previous events.
• Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S4, S6, and S7 phones.
These new capabilities are part of the continuing evolution of the SmartShield System, demonstrating that radiation detection technology does not have to be static and stagnant. Making the software application stronger, less dependent on particular smartphone models is a move that will enable SmartShield technology to be platform independent in the future.
“We are proud to see our new Source Simulation tool being used to refine and expand training opportunities for the radiation detection industry,” said Dr. Robert Ledoux, President, CEO, and Director of Passport Systems, Inc. “Developing real-world, immersive training scenarios while maintaining public safety is an important leap forward in our ability to protect people and events.”
In the United States, the SmartShield technology has been used to beef up security at the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament in Houston, at the Boston Marathon, and other crowd gathering events, such as NASCAR races in New Hampshire. Internationally, it is being marketed for use at celebrations, soccer matches, concerts, as well as airports, and ports.
For more information on our SmartShield v2.0 software release, read more at http://bit.ly/2bIssjY
“This patent transfer is a further step in Ouvry strategic positioning as key player in CBRN protection and decontamination, as well as a didactic tool for our new professional training services”, says Ludovic Ouvry, Chairman.
“After 5 years of cooperation, this step strengthens the synergy between our two companies, particularly on the theme of protection and training”, says Olivier Mattmann, CEO of Hotzone Solutions Group.
SIM KIT® will now be produced in Ouvry facilities in Lyon, France. The French Army first begun to use it in 2013 and forecasts suggest a steady growth of 20% per year.
TSA Awards Analogic $4 Million Base Contract for Further Development of CT Checkpoint Screening Tech03 November 2017 by CBRNe World Staff 0
Analogic engineered the ConneCT from the ground up for carry-on baggage screening, with differentiated features including:
- Superior 3D image quality, critical to security and checkpoint efficiency, that helps screeners find threats faster, avoids false alarms and makes automated threat detection easier.
- Reliability that leverages multiple innovations that have a significant impact on operating costs. It features a unique no-bearing gantry and non-contact power system that reduces moving parts, increases reliability, and eliminates brush dust and consumable brushes.
- An airport-friendly design that belongs in today’s world-class airports. ConneCT’s footprint is comparable to current multi-view X-ray systems, making upgrades easy for airports while its gull-wing covers and modular components allow for easy access during servicing. In addition, ConneCT is designed to work seamlessly with all major Automated Screening Lane (ASL) and remote checkpoint screening solution providers.
- Next-Generation Operator Interface that minimizes training and incorporates touch screen capabilities found on smartphones and tablets, and an additional surface rendering for easier shape recognition and faster alarm resolution.
- An interoperable network architecture designed for the 21st century networking environment that features a new software architecture and modern software applications to enable security, interoperability, and use of third party software applications.
From Analogic’s perspective, together, these differentiators provide a lower total cost of ownership and offer a superior return on investment for airports everywhere.
FLIR has announced the FLIR identiFINDER® R440 handheld radioisotope detector and identifier. The FLIR identiFINDER R440 provides homeland security personnel with critical infrastructure protection and military and first responder special teams quick situational assessment during radiological emergencies.
Weighing less than 1.5 kilograms, the FLIR identiFINDER R440 is the industry’s smallest and lightest radioisotope identification device (RIID) with a 2-inch by 2-inch sodium iodide (NaI) detector. With 3.5 times more sensitivity than similarly-sized RIIDs, responders can detect radiation from further distances and behind heavier shielding. Delivering 10 percent better resolution than other products in the category, the FLIR identiFINDER R440 provides greater accuracy with fewer false alarms. Due to its’ extended energy range, the identiFINDER R440 detects gamma radiation and can indicate the presence of neutrons found in particular nuclear materials.
The FLIR identiFINDER R440 has built-in wireless communications and features a new, 360-degree EasyFinder™ mode that pinpoints and instructs the operator to the exact location of a radiation source. The FLIR identiFINDER R440 meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) N42.34 standard, has been drop-tested up to one meter and is the industry’s only IP67-rated RIID, which means it can withstand rain, splashing and accidental submersion.
FLIR will unveil the FLIR identiFINDER R440 at the Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Convergence tradeshow November 6-8 in Indianapolis, Indiana, booth #213. To learn more about the new FLIR identiFINDER R440, please visit: FLIR.com/r440.
The SmartRayVision DR X-Ray system is now the only DR X-Ray system to be approved for EOD use by NSWC IHEODTD, Indian Head, Maryland.
The Army awarded its Field Portable Radiographic System purchase to Federal Resources for 140 SmartRayVision Extreme Systems made by SharpLogixx, LLC in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A portable X-Ray system used to view and verify the contents of suspicious items that may be improvised explosive devices (IEDs) was recently selected for use by the U.S. Army and approved for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) use (AEODU) by Naval Surface Warfare Command (NSWC), Indian Head EOD Technology Division (IHEODTD), Indian Head, Maryland.
In June 2016, Army Contracting Command, New Jersey (ACC-NJ) began conducting market research, on behalf of the Office of Program Management, Close Combat Systems (OPM-CCS). The objective was to seek information from industry regarding currently available devices and technologies that could be procured to address an immediate need for a Field Portable Radiographic System to support diagnostics/disposal of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s).
In the fall of 2016, the Army performed an evaluation of several companies’ portable X-Ray systems including the SmartRayVision Systems. The Army purchased multiple systems from each company to conduct a full and comprehensive evaluation. The result of that evaluation was the selection of the SmartRayVision System, in March 2017.
SharpLogixx, the manufacturer of the SmartRayVision portable X-Ray systems, and Federal Resources delivered all 140 systems to the U.S. Army in May of 2017 for fielding to Army EOD units around the world. After additional testing and review, in September 2017, the SmartRayVision DR X-Ray system is now the only DR X-Ray system to be approved for EOD use by NSWC IHEODTD, Indian Head, Maryland.
3M announced on October 4th that it has completed its acquisition of Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for a total enterprise value of $2.0 billion. Scott Safety is a premier manufacturer of innovative products, including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) systems, gas and flame detection instruments, and other safety devices that complement 3M’s personal safety portfolio.
3M’s Personal Safety Division provides respiratory, hearing, and fall protection solutions that help improve the safety and health of workers. The business also supplies products and solutions in other safety categories such as head, eye, and face protection, reflective materials for high-visibility apparel and protective clothing.
Scott Safety’s products help protect firefighters, industrial workers, police, military, homeland security forces, and rescue teams around the world from environmental hazards. The business had revenues of approximately $575 million for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2017.
The addition of Scott Safety’s well-regarded safety products, combined with 3M’s products, brands and global capabilities in personal protective equipment will provide a broader array of safety products and solutions, enhancing 3M’s relevance to customers worldwide.
3M estimates the acquisition to be $0.08 dilutive to earnings in the fourth quarter.
Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), a leader in Mobile Ad hoc Networking (MANET) Technology and developer of Wave Relay®, announced on September 13 that it was awarded an $8.9 million contract award to provide more than 950 MPU5 radios to the U.S. Army National Guard’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs).
The contract is in support of the U.S. Army’s Unified Command Suite (UCS) Program of Record, which is managed by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD). The UCS program aims to provide communications interoperability between military emergency response elements and Federal, State, and Local authorities on the scene of an incident.
The Unified Command Suite is a self-contained communications vehicle that can either be driven to or be air-lifted via a C130 to an incident location. The MPU5 radios enable a high-speed communication network to be established on-the-fly, which empowers CST personnel to operate across the incident area while remaining connected both to the vehicle and to each other.
“Whether at a campaign rally or along a marathon route, National Guard Civil Support Teams run WMD detection operations to keep Americans safe,” said Louis Sutherland, VP of Business Development for Persistent. “That’s why it is so important that they have a robust wireless network.”
The MANET element of Persistent’s solution creates a vast, self-forming, self-healing radio network that does not require outside infrastructure to work. Should a node drop out of the network, sensor data collected by a Civil Support Team member will simply be routed another way. Using the MPU5 also means cutting down on the number of relay radios needed to push signals over and around obstacles.
The MPU5 provides push-to-talk audio, video encoding, and an integrated Android™ computing environment that allows the installation of 3rd party applications. It is a 6W 3×3 MIMO radio which provides extremely long range and throughput exceeding 100 Mbps. These capabilities enable National Guard Civil Support Teams to network their sensors and transmit data collected in the field to the UCS vehicle and then on to a national lab for analysis.
“MIMO radios thrive in urban environments, where standard radios have trouble,” Sutherland said. “This enables the CST personnel to extend their network further from the truck and operate effectively in urban, high-population-density environments that are the most likely targets of an attack.”
Persistent has customers in the Army, Air Force, and Department of Homeland Security.
“Some of our most passionate advocates come from the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives detection community,” Sutherland said. “In fact, our MPU5 radio is already embedded in QinetiQ’s Talon unmanned ground robot which is also used by Civil Support Teams.”
Persistent has already begun delivery of its radios and expects to make another delivery of 500 radios to the Unified Command Suite program this month. The radio integration is being performed by NAVAIR in Patuxent River, Maryland.
About Persistent Systems, LLC
Headquartered in New York City since 2007, Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) is a global communications technology company which develops, manufactures, and integrates a patented and secure Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) system: Wave Relay®. The company’s R&D team has designed wireless networking protocols to support their cutting-edge Wave Relay® system and technology. Wave Relay® can transmit and receive data, video, voice and other application data under the most difficult and unpredictable conditions. Persistent’s suite of products is field proven and utilized in Commercial, Military, Government, Industrial, Agriculture, Robotics, and Unmanned System markets.
ue to the wide range of plug and play QuickSnapTM sampling modules the ALPHA II can be adopted suitable to almost any measurement scenario. For more advanced applications the extended capabilities of the OPUS software is available, than can be applied to the complete FTIR, FT-NIR, and Raman product portfolio of Bruker.
Performance readiness is automatically guaranteed through permanent checks of the involved components and periodically performed test measurements verifying the specification of the ALPHA II system. For regulated pharmaceutical laboratories the ALPHA II is prepared with fully-automated test routines for validation regarding operational qualification (OQ) and performance validation (PQ). Its software is compliant with 21CFRp11, and validation according to the US, European and Japanese Pharmacopeia using integrated NIST traceable standards (optionally available). Due to the compact footprint of a lab book, it is further a perfect fit for class rooms and teaching laboratories.
The United States Marine Corp (USMC) have awarded a contract for the delivery of PlumeSIM, Argon’s instrumented CBRN training system. Due for delivery early 2018, the system will include a number of training simulators and will significantly enhance CBRN exercises and student learning for the Marine Corp.
PlumeSIM enables users to implement both Table top and Live Field Exercises based upon both GIS mapping and “home-made maps” with ease, and incorporates a powerful after action review (AAR) capability that enables both command decisions and survey team activity to be practiced, verified and refined.
A wide variety of associated training simulators are supported which accurately represent the form fit and function of the actual detectors they represent. The simulators can be used independently for localised indoor and outdoor scenarios without the need to utilise and form of hazardous material that may impact upon health and safety or the environment, an approach enabling exercises to take place within any desired location.
Steven Pike, Argon’s Managing Director commented “This significant contract for such a prestigious organisation represents yet another important award for Argon and underpins the excellent reputation our products and the company has within the close knit CBRN / HazMat community. Argon continues to develop PlumeSIM and our portfolio of detector simulators which are an established premier solution for Live and virtual CBRN training adopted by many countries throughout the world.”
“Emergent is committed to meeting the State Department’s need for nerve agent countermeasures that enhance the security of U.S. and allied diplomats deployed in high-risk environments worldwide,” said Sean Kirk, senior vice president, manufacturing operations and interim head, devices business unit at Emergent BioSolutions. “By leveraging our proprietary Emergard auto-injector platform and our core competencies in contracting, manufacturing, and partnering, we are confident in our ability to provide critical preparedness solutions that could address governments’ currently identified threats and emerging requirements.”
“Our priority is to provide for the safety and security of U.S. government personnel and their families deployed around the world as they carry out their mission,” said William A. Walters, M.D., managing director of operational medicine for the U.S. Department of State. “Partnering with companies such as Emergent, who can provide reliable solutions to our requirements is important in our efforts to protect against known and emerging health threats.”
The primary scope of the contract, which consists of a 12-month base period of performance with a 6-month option period, is to manufacture and deliver the Trobigard product and training auto-injectors, as well as to support the government’s emerging requirements for other existing or custom-made auto-injectors.
This mobile laboratory will be able to safely prepare, analyze and transport anthrax-contaminated soil samples and perform fast, effective detection of anthrax using polymerase chain reaction technology.
Other project features include the provision of consumables needed for biological agent detection in soil samples including protective clothing and lab accessories and also work procedure guidelines for remediating contaminated soil.
IBATECH CEO, Joaquin Baumela, said of the project “(it) is relevant at a European level in the field of CBRN as it offers an integrated solution for sampling, detecting, identifying and decontaminating anthrax-infected land. Thanks to the trust placed by NSPA in us and our experience in the military biological field, we have been able to develop a fully equipped BSL-3 lab together with enough reagents and consumables to perform 1,500 anthrax detection and identification field tests so we can draw up a map of contaminated land.”
“The mission of VMFA-251 is to destroy surface targets and enemy aircraft, day or night, under all weather conditions, during expeditionary, joint and combined operations,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Christopher Melling, the pilot training officer with VMFA-251. “Training to flying in a ‘dirty’ environment truly allows for operations in any environment.”
Although gear is added to a pilot’s standard loadout, the training proves efficient with minimal effects to their capabilities.
“Due to the additional accoutrement with the gear, aircrew personnel have to adjust to where certain survival equipment sits and will be accessible,” said Melling. “The flight equipment Marines are the true heavy lifters in preparing the gear and assisting aircrew with donning the equipment. In truth, there is virtually no adjustment to normal operating procedures. The protective gloves offer the same level of tactile feedback. The onboard oxygen system interface with the equipment is identical, and even the ability to use night vison goggles is the same.”
The unorthodox, but necessary, style of training enhances readiness, while ensuring the safety of Marines and establishing comfort in an unfamiliar environment.
Focused on their mission and supporting their allies, VMFA-251 will continue to build efficiency while operating in JPACE and maintain proficiency in all other aspects of warfare.
“In these times of uncertainty, there are few absolutes,” said Melling. “One of them is that the Marines and sailors of VMFA-251 stand ready to protect and defend our current home, MCAS Iwakuni, from any threat at any time.
The NLM, best known in CBRN for its Wiser programme, also has a range of other tools available, including their Toxtutor a three hour, certificated education package covering key areas of toxicology. Toxtutor has been around for about 20 years, and it’s new material is going to add value for those that have not played with it before. Give it a go!
*Just to be clear, the image is not from the NLM! It is based on the Simpson’s character Troy McClure and one of his ‘educational films.’ More of them can be found here
The experience of a 1989 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a 1990 Bilateral Destruction Agreement (BDA) concluded between the Soviet Union and the United States partly informs the procedures by which possessor states declare their chemical weapons to the OPCW and how the OPCW verifies their destruction. Russia and the United States also consulted each other on the development of common understandings on the selection and optimization of chemical weapon destruction technologies, including within the framework of the 1992 Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program and the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Other states (such as Germany) and civil society (such as Green Cross Russia, and Global Green USA) played important roles in such efforts, including by supporting risk assessment and public outreach at Russia’s seven chemical weapons storage facilities.
As a rule, the completion of destruction operations is marked by a closing ceremony with the OPCW Director-General (or other designated representative) in attendance. However, such a ceremony was deemed infeasible in this case (for unclear reasons) and Ambassador Üzümcü issued his statement at OPCW headquarters in The Hague.
The United States, the other major possessor of a chemical weapon stockpile (which originally totaled approximately 30000 agent tonnes), has completed the destruction of approximately 90 per cent of its stockpile and is scheduled to finish its operations by 2023. Old chemical weapons (in the low hundreds of tonnes) will continue to be recovered and destroyed under OPCW verification for some years. Most such recoveries originate from former World War I battlefields in Europe or are chemical weapons left in China by Japan at the end of World War II.
The treaty regime is entering a ‘post-chemical weapons destruction’ phase. At least two visions may be realised: one of an OPCW focused on chemical weapon threats with most resources allocated accordingly, the other for the OPCW to serve as a model of international outreach and capacity-building for the peaceful uses of chemistry. This transition will occur under the guidance of a new Director-General starting next year.
The CWC treaty regime remains a platform for the Member States to cooperate on technical matters. It is imperative for the OPCW to retain its capacity to help ensure the non-re-emergence of chemical warfare over the indefinite future.
The need for federal agencies to implement and deploy layered nuclear and radiological detection systems at points of entry such as the border or ports, as well as for local, state and tribal agencies is critical.
Through the establishment of Team Arktis, the company has entered into clear and binding relationships with three key partners:
● Plexus Corp. (Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin) – Plexus is an industry leader that specializes in partnering with companies in demanding regulatory environments – such as the defense, security and aerospace market – to bring complex products to life through design and development, manufacturing, supply chain and aftermarket services.
● Veteran Corps of America (Headquartered in Abington, Md.) – Veteran Corps has a proven track-record of providing installation, service engineering and training capabilities to the Department of Defense and other Federal Government customers, with teams primarily comprised of military veterans with proven subject matter expertise.
● SecuriGence, LLC (Headquartered in Leesburg, Va.) – SecuriGence has a track record of providing class-leading cybersecurity hardening, software development, and engineering to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) standards as well as several Defense agencies.
Rico Chandra, CEO & co-founder of Arktis, signed agreements formalizing the partnership, in the presence of governmental and private-sector stakeholders during the Team Arktis Launch Event in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 12.
“As Arktis celebrates its 10-year anniversary, we look forward to growing our presence in the U.S. market with a trusted group of key partners,” Dr. Chandra said. “Working together, Team Arktis will empower agencies across the federal landscape by helping address and overcome one of today’s most pressing global security challenges, the detection and identification of radiological and nuclear threats.”
The formation of Team Arktis will enable state-of-the-art radiological protection to be provided to the Federal Government from a unified US supply chain and compliant to US standards, including the most rigorous cyber-security requirements. With dynamic areas of expertise in software development, engineering, serial production and training, Team Arktis will work as a unified entity to meet the technical, logistical, and commercial requirements of both federal and local customers.
Survitec’s new Bio Skin suit is engineered to be worn underneath any outer garment. They state it is a lightweight, discrete and breathable stretch fabric with a unique design that offers exceptional mobility, comfort and a new level of CBRN protection. Unlike traditional carbon, they claim there is no drop-off in performance due to wear or laundering and keeps its full integrity even when exposed to sea water, petroleum, oils or lubricants. It also offers full protection against toxic industrial chemicals, non-traditional agents and blood-borne pathogens such as Ebola and HIV.
The Bio Shell utilises the Gore CPCSU-2 Flex Fit technology along with the same protective properties applied to the Bio Skin and is under half the weight of traditional carbon-based suits. It features a lightweight customisable outer layer that leverages integrated stretch fabric that delivers improved mobility, reduced heat stress, and increased system level protection. At the heart of this technology is the Gore Chempak selectively permeable membrane (SPM). Used in both the Bio Skin and Bio Shell, the SPM is engineered to offer durable and broad protection in CBRN situations combined with a reduction in thermal burden. This barrier technology allows high levels of moisture vapour (perspiration) permeability, while significantly restricting the ingress of a broad range of hazardous substances.
Also on display at the Survitec stand at DSEI is the new Sonics Milpod, a specialist man portable stretcher used for extraction and treatment of a casualty in a CBRN environment. With more than 20 design improvements over the current legacy products on offer from other suppliers, including maritime capable flotation and significantly reduced bulk, the Milpod represents a huge step forward in CBRN mobile containment and recovery.
A long time ago, in an economy far, far away… [Really can’t do this without the scrolling… Ed.] Many British and Commonwealth (among other) soldiers and law enforcement officials grew up with the Remploy Frontline garments, the CR1, Quickdon, MarkIV or Mark IVa. Remploy was a government charity that had, originally, been designed for servicemen wounded in WW1 to get gainful employment. In time it grew to include individuals with a variety of disabilities that were given employment, and hope, by Remploy, which had a range of products in addition to the assembly of their protective suits. Remploy Frontline was one of the few profitable areas of this business, yet despite this it faced the axe in the light of new policy from the government on the employment of disabled people. To a certain amount of disappointment (and a certain amount of rejoicing from their competitors) Remploy Frontline was shut down, and their customers needed to look elsewhere for their PPE, many of whom went to Belgian company, Seyntex, for example.
Now, however, that celebration might be short-lived as Remploy Frontline products make their way back to UK shores through the work of Haven Protective Technology Solutions and their new Australian partner OPEC CBRNe. Their new products are going to be on show next week at the UK’s DSEi show on stand S10-210. “OPEC CBRNe is immensely proud to be able to partner with Haven to continue to provide a range of products for the next generation of military and first responders,” said OPEC CBRNe Business Development Manager, Chris Jackson. “We know there is great appreciation in the market for the return of this renowned range, and we are delighted that the good work of this social enterprise in providing meaningful employment for disabled people can continue under the OPEC CBRNe brand,” he said.
The ‘Kestrel’ and ‘Phoenix’ ensembles will be the new flagships of the OPEC CBRNe brand and claim to be the progeny of ‘decades of robust research and development, complemented by integration of the markets latest cutting edge technologies and an appreciation of today’s complex military environment.’ The Kestrel claims to be 30% lighter than current (unnamed) systems and as such able to deal with a high heat environment, it also claims to offer “long term comfort, breathability and ease of movement in a high threat environment.”
Kestrel was chosen by the Australian government as their preferred CBRN ensemble in December last year, and will be joined at the show by the one piece Kestrel PPE. In addition to this there is the semi permeable membrane system, the ‘Roc’ [Dwayne ‘Moana’ Johnson? Ed], which claims to be ‘high protection, quick donning CBRN uniform suitable for first responder wear, such as police, ambulance and fire services.’
OPEC Systems, has been operating in the CBRN space since 1998 as a major supplier of CBRN equipment and a respected contractor for clean-up of contaminated chemical weapons sites.
Haven states on its website (www.havenproducts.co.uk/our-services/textile-manufacturing) that it provides opportunities to disabled people and we are currently awaiting further information from the press office on exactly what this means in regard to the PPE.